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Leander plays his final match on Indian soil

Pic Credits Richard Gomes

Leander Paes played his last match on Indian soil today at the KSLTA courts in Bengaluru. He along with his partner Mathew Ebden finished runners up at the Bengaluru Open. They lost to the Indian pair of Raja and Ramkumar. Leander has announced that 2020 will be his last year in professional tennis. He is playing selective tournaments as part of his tour One Last Roar.

His professional career from junior circuit has spanned 31 years, which is very long for a physical sport like tennis. The cupboard of his trophies contain most trophies, but there has been some misses also in his long career. The biggest miss for him has been the Olympics Doubles Medal, as they lost the Bronze in 2004, 14-16 in the decider. Leander also played 04 ATP Tour Final finals, but ended up runners on all occasions. Mutua Madrid is the only Tour 1000 tournament, which he had never won.

His achievements includes 18 Grand Slam wins. Leander is the joint leader with Navratilova for maximum Mixed Doubles win in Open Era with 10 titles. He will play Mixed Doubles at all the Slams this year to try for the 11th Mixed Slam to be the sole leader there. Leander also holds the records of most Doubles wins in Davis Cup. He is selected for India in the team to face Croatia, and likely to play the Doubles rubber which may be his last Davis Cup Match. He has won 92 matches for India, including 48 singles wins and 44 doubles wins. Leander has played 99 ATP Tour Finals, and is trying to play his 100th in One Last Roar.

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