I am back with our second Olympian winner Leander Paes. Do read my earlier post on Indian Olympians Here.
For now, Let us cherish and revisit the history and feel the proud moment, Leander has created for all of us.
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“Life is lot like Tennis. You need to put your goals on the sidelines and focus on how to deal with what’s at hand.”
– Leander Paes
As It happened
August 03, 1996, Atlanta, USA
Leander Aged 24 and ranked 126th in the world worked slowly and steadily to move to further rounds. His play improved through every match. Then he beat many top ranked guys before losing in semifinal to eventual champion Andre Agassi.
Leander won the singles Bronze medal in Tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for India. Back then, he was ranked 126th in the world. This medal came after a long gap of 44 years.
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He won the Bronze medal match in a tough three setter by 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Playing his worst tennis, he pulled off his best win.
Life Of The Champion
Leander Paes was born in a family of Athletics. His Mother captained India in Basketball, and Father won a Bronze medal in hockey in 1972 Olympics. Since childhood Leander wanted to emulate his parents. He achieved this by wining an individual Olympic medal for India.
Leander has won 18 Grand slam titles in Tennis. He is the elite player who has won all grand slam titles both in mixed and men’s doubles event. But still His Olympic win is close to his heart. Playing for the country has always been his number one priority. He played it like a lion as his name depicts Leander – ‘a lions-heart.’
Leander is playing professional tennis since more than two decades now. His athleticism is like a young player who has just turned pro. For Leander age is just a number. He always has been a mentor and a true source of inspiration for young generation of players.
After going through a life threatening brain surgery; Leander never looked back. In fact it turned out to be a blessing. His fans and well wishers enjoy watching him play and always wish him to be top on his game. He is a real craftsman deeply passionate about his work.