Not many sportspersons enjoy the status of a global icon but Pete Sampras certainly does and playing in India for the first time, the 14-time Grand Slam winner richly praised the fans' knowledge of the racquet sport and called the country a 'great tennis town'.
Rafael Nadal has managed to win a remarkable 14 Grand Slam titles despite an injury-stricken career and he is only going to come back stronger from his latest setback, feels fellow countryman and former world number one Carlos Moya.
Spanish World No 14 Feliciano Lopez is hopeful that compatriot Rafael Nadal will be fit by January before the Australian Open starts. "He has had surgery but is getting better and should be training in December, and hopefully in January, he will be ready to compete again," Lopez told told PTI here on Friday.
Not satisfied with winning the WTA Finals doubles crown with Zimbabwean Cara Black and a clutch of other prestigious titles this year, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza on Thursday said she wants to clinch the women's doubles Grand Slam title before hanging up her tennis shoes.
A day after sports ministry made it clear that athletes who remain unavailable for national duty would not get financial aid from it, top tennis star Leander Paes said his commitment should not be questioned since he has given his all in the last 24 years while playing for India.