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Leander Adrian Paes was born in Kolkata, India on June 17, 1973, in.
Both his parents were involved in sports. This cultivated a knack for sports in Paes from a tender age.
His father Veca Paes from Goa was a former Hockey player. He played as a midfielder and was a part of the squad that won the bronze medal in the Munich Olympics in 1972. His mother Jennifer Paes was a former basketball player. She became the captain of the Indian basketball team in 1982.
Leander Adrian Paes is known by several nicknames like Speedy, and Mowgli. He follows Christianity and holds Indian nationality. He lives in Mumbai in Maharashtra, India as of 2022.
The net worth of Leander Paes is approximately around $9 million.
It is difficult to specify an exact amount as his yearly earnings as the amount varies. His main sources of income are tennis, awards, brand endorsements, and sponsorships.
Leander Paes is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.
As of 2022, Leander Paes is 48 years old.
The professional tennis player completed his primary education at two schools - La Martiniere in Kolkata and Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School in Chennai. He earned his graduate degree from the Kolkata-based St. Xavier's College.
When Leander was 22 years old, he got himself enrolled at the Chennai-based Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in 1985. At that time, his coach was Dave O'Meara. Both Mr. Dave and the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy played crucial roles in shaping the career of Leander Paes.
Leander Paes is dating Indian actress Kim Sharma. Earlier, he was in a long-term relationship with model Rhea Pillai. While some reports suggest they were in a live-in relationship, others suggest they were married. It is believed they have a daughter named Aiyana, born in April 2006. They broke up after being together for several years.
Prior to that, he was reportedly in a relationship with actress Mahima Chaudhary for three years. There was also a rumor of him dating a junior tennis player Tanvi Shah but none of them came out in the open about it.
The tennis player won worldwide fame after winning the Wimbledon Junior title in 1990 and reaching the number one position in the junior world rankings when he was 17. Later, in 1991, he became a professional player.
Paes is regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time. Throughout his career, he made several achievements.
In 1996, Paes started a partnership with Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi. While the starting was not great, in 1998, they reached the semifinals of three Grand Slams, the US Open, Australian Open, and the French Open. In 2002, though the duo could not leave a mark in several international games, they won the gold medal in Asian Games.
In 2003, he had to miss the US Open because of a brain infection. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Paes and Bhupathi were eliminated in the quarter-finals. However, he managed to win the US Open mixed double title the same year with Cara Black.
The son of Jennifer Paes lost in the finals of the Wimbledon mixed doubles and US Open men's doubles in 2012 and in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour.
In 2017, Leander Paes slipped to no. 64 in double ranking and could never cross the 49th rank. In this year for the first time since 1996 that Paes did not win a title or reach the finals of the ATP tour event in a season.
In 2020, he announced his retirement from professional tennis. Leander Paes is best won for his performances at Davis Cup, Wimbledon, Grand Slam matches, and Olympic games. He is the first Indian who competed in seven Olympic games.
Paes secured his position in the top 20 double rankings worldwide between 2005 and 2007.
In 2020, Leander Paes joined the #MessFreeChallenge to spread awareness about a charity-centric social media movement that donated more than 55,000 meal products to families living in disadvantaged conditions. He joined hands with the Mexican food brand Old El Paso and himself donated 5,000 meal products for disadvantaged people in the UAE.
Leander Paes has made a record by winning the most doubles in the Davis Cup. In Grand Slam matches, the Indian professional tennis player has won ten mixed doubles and eight men's doubles titles. A career grand slam in mixed doubles winning at Wimbledon (1999, 2003, 2010, 2015) and men's double is also in his repository. He also holds the rare men's/mixed doubles at the Wimbledon Championships in 1999. He also won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 2010 to become the second man to achieve that honor in 30 years.
In 1996-97, the pass-out of St. Xavier's College received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award - the highest sporting honor given by the government of India. He won the Arjuna Award in 1990, Padma Shri in 2001, and Padma Bhusan in January 2014.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee won a bronze medal in men's singles at the Atlanta Olympic games in 1996. He beat Fernando Meligeni to claim the bronze medal and became the first Indian to win that title after KD Jadhav in 1952.
In 2003, Paes won the Wimbledon and Australian Open mixed doubles title with Martina Navratilova.
In 2006, he secured his next Grand Slam success at the US Open doubles with Martin Damm. In the same year, he won two golds in Doha Asian Games.
In 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee won the French Open and men's doubles in US Open. He continued his winning streak in 2010 by winning the Australian Open mixed doubles.
In 2013, the Wimbledon Junior Title holder won the US Open men's doubles with Radek Štěpánek.
In 2015, Leander Paes had his Grand Slam Mixed Doubles victory for the seventh time in the Australian Open with Martina Hingis. The same pair went ahead to win the mixed double title at the Wimbledon the same year. In September that year, he secured the mixed doubles trophy in the US Open with Hingis. The next year, the same pair won the French Open title in mixed doubles.
In 2018, Paes become the most successful tennis player in the history of the Davis Cup by securing his 43rd doubles win with Rohan Bopanna.
His hobbies include scuba diving, cooking, and doing exercises.
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