Leander Paes

Born : June 17, 1973
Residence: Mumbai, India
Current ranking: 46
Events at Rio : Men’s Doubles (Rohan Bopanna)

Leander Paes is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked 46 in Men’s Doubles. He is considered to one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time. 

Family background

Leander was born in Calcutta, India, on 17 June 1973 to a Goan father. Vece Paes and Jennifer Paes were his parents and he was raised in Kolkata(Calcutta). He was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta, and the St. Xavier’s College of the University of Calcutta. His parents were both sports persons. Paes is a direct descendant of the great 19th century Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta through his mother.


He has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, and is the oldest man to have won a Grand Slam title. He holds a career Grand Slam in men’s doubles and mixed doubles, and achieved the rare men’s doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. 

His mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2010 made him the second man (after Rod Laver) to win Wimbledon titles in three decades.

He is the recipient Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honour, in 1996–97; the Arjuna Award in 1990; the Padma Shri award in 2001 and its 3rd Highest Civilian Award the Padma Bhushan in January 2014 for his outstanding contribution to tennis in India.
He won a bronze medal for India in singles in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He competed in consecutive Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2012, making him the only tennis player to compete at six Olympic Games.
Paes first won titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon and he turned professional in 1991. He rose to the number 1 in the world junior rankings.
Leander Paes