India’s evergreen tennis icon Leander Paes added yet another feather to his glittering resume when he achieved the milestone 700th doubles victory of his career on Wednesday. And what better place to do it than the French Open, where the Indian ace had already reigned supreme thrice in men’s doubles!
Leander, who has teamed up with the veteran Canadian Daniel Nestor, edged past the Australian duo of James Duckworth and Chris Guccione 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to enter the second round of men’s doubles. Winning 80% of the first serve points, Paes and Nestor broke their opponents four times throughout the match to make it through to the next round.
Paes is now the eighth ATP player to win 700 doubles matches
Leander Paes thus becomes the eighth player in ATP World Tour history to win 700 doubles matches, joining the likes of his current partner Daniel Nestor, Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan, Todd Woodbridge, Mark Knowles, Sherwood Stewart and Jonas Bjorkman.
On the occasion, the ATP World Tour website published quotes from his peers who have spoken highly about the Indian legend.
Leander’s compatriot and Davis Cup teammate Rohan Bopanna said:
“His greatest strengths are that he is mentally very strong, very positive on court and reads the game extremely well. He manages to find a way to win.”
One half of the legendary Bryan Brothers, Bob Bryan said:
“For him to win 700 matches, and be the only player over 40 to win a Grand Slam in men’s doubles, proves he isn’t slowing down. He’s playing as well now as at any time.”
Bob’s twin, Mike Bryan said:
“We like the way he plays in the big moment. He always goes for it. He makes the right directions at the right times, in the clutch moments. We like how he plays when the money is on the line.”
We, at Sports Rediscovered, convey our heartiest congratulations to the evergreen tennis star who has been an inspiration to many. Here’s to Leander Paes achieving many more such milestones!