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About Leander Paes

Leander Paes is widely considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time. He is also the first Indian and the only tennis player to have competed at seven Olympic Games from 1992 to 2016. He is a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna Award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.

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  • What are your goals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
  • How much of an importance do Asian games hold for you?
  • Martina Hingis and you became the first team to win three mixed doubles titles in a year since 1969 back in 2015. How do you look back at that achievement?
  • What were you and Martina Hingis discussing when the match was in a Super Tie-Break back in 2015 Wimbledon final?
  • Given from what you’ve told us, it’s clear that you and Martina have meeting of minds as well in your partnership. Will you say it’s true?
  • Would you say Martina Hingis is your best mixed doubles partner?
  • Back when you started in 1990 India hadn’t won a single slam, and now you alone have 18 Grand Slams in Mixed and Doubles events. How many more do you want to add to that tally?
  • What are your views on the development of tennis in India?
  • What’s the need of the hour for the development of tennis in India?
  • Looking back at your career, is there anything that could’ve been a bit different? Is there anything unfulfilled?
  • Which one shines the brightest for you? The Olympic bronze, winning all those Slams, or the win over Pete Sampras?
  • When you were down with cerebral malaria and contracted a parasitic infection on the brain, did you fear that your career would end prematurely? How have these experience changed your outlook on life?
  • Interesting face about you is that you’ve had over 100 doubles partners. What qualities are non-negotiable in doubles according to you?
  • If you had to choose a doubles partner out of one of the legendary players, who would you pick?
  • If you could, what skills would you borrow from your contemporaries?
  • How much of a challenge is it to push the body at the age of 40?
  • Rafael Nadal recently spoke about reducing his practice hours in order to be mentally fresh and not be too harsh on his body. Do you follow a realistic training regime these days?
  • Tell us more about Ujaya, the breathing technique you have perfected. Where did you learn it?
  • Who is the true Leander Paes?
  • Why is it that you aren’t mentioned in the same sentence as Tendulkar or a Vishwanathan Anand? Is it because you have led a far more complex and dramatic life, which includes falling out with the Tennis Federation and your sour relationship Mahesh Bhupati?
  • Why have you maintained such a studied silence on your relation with Mahesh Bhupati? You didn’t respond even when he made some remarks on you before the London Olympics.
  • As a senior pro and voice of the Indian tennis fraternity, why didn’t you speak out during the players’ tiff with AITA back in 2013?
  • Why is there a drought of special talent recently?
  • Is there anything in your career that you would have done differently?
  • What would you like to do after you are sated as a player?
  • Have you ever thought of retiring?
  • Will you keep playing after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
  • How does training regime change as your body ages?
  • What motivates you?
  • What advice would you give to youngsters?
  • What kind of hardships have you faced in your life?
  • What lies in the future for Indian Tennis?
  • What keeps a champion with a glorious career like yours going?
  • Where does the intensity to better yourself come from?
  • Your father said you had a very traumatic style of playing which took its toll on your body. The break-up with Mahesh Bhupathi back in 2002 didn’t help your cause too much. What inspired you to the game again?
  • What is your vision for Indian tennis?
  • How difficult was it for you when you started your Tennis journey?
  • Does winning titles also keep you going?
  • You’ve won more Grand Slam tennis tournaments than any Indian ever – what do you think is left for you achieve?
  • How does playing in mixed doubles compare to playing with another guy?
  • Are there any opponents you’re afraid of?
  • Do you get nervous before matches?
  • How much has the training regime changed since you started playing?
  • How do you train at the age of 45?
  • Who helps you in maintaining your strict schedule?
  • What kind of an impact has veganism had on your fitness and diet?
  • How has your parents association with sports helped you?
  • Can a youngster become good by imitating a legend of the game?
  • What do you see as your tennis legacy? After all, you have always been the man who played for the flag.
  • With you achieving almost every available trophy, how tough is it to set new standards for yourself?

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