Leander Paes Says Next up is Olympic Medal in Doubles
February 4, 2012 11:08 PM EST
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has confirmed he will next target his second Olympic medal... this time in the doubles category, at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The 38-year-old, who recently finished a career Grand Slam (following his men's doubles triumph at the 2012 Australian Open) and has an Olympic singles' Gold medal (1996 Atlanta), admitted he split from his former long-standing partner Mahesh Bhupathi because the objective of a medal required partnerships with younger players.
"My next aim is an Olympic medal in doubles. It would be the epitome of my career. Also want to complete a career Grand Slam in Mixed Doubles," said Paes, who, incidentally, is now the first Indian to complete the career Slam. Paes is also the only Indian to win an Olympic medal in tennis.
He wants to do it again!
"I want to win the medal for my flag and my people," Paes was quoted as saying by NDTV.
At the 2012 Australian Open, Paes partnered 33-year-old Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic to the men's doubles crown and made it to the final of the mixed doubles with 25-year-old Russian Elena Vesnina.
"Mahesh and I split because we both needed younger legs to play with. I hadn't won a single Grand Slam last year and I was desperate to win one. It wasn't happening with Mahesh," he explained.
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