18-time Grand Slam champion Leander Paes has announced his retirement from professional tennis and the year 2020 will be his last season. Paes publicized this retirement via a Christmas message to his fans.
“I want to announce 2020 as my farewell year as a pro tennis player,” Paes wrote. “Firstly, I want to thank my parents for their genetics, guidance, discipline, the environment they created and unconditional love they have always shown me throughout my life. I would not be who I am without your unstinting support and belief in me,” he added.
Atlanta Olympics bronze medalist
The doubles Career Slam champion Leander Paes is not just an ace on the doubles circuit, he is also a champ on the singles tour. His bronze medal victory at the Atlanta Olympics 1996 had put India on the map. The eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi had clinched the gold medal that year. Leander’s Olympic medal was the defining moment in Indian sport.
“I am looking forward to the 2020 tennis calendar where I will be playing a few select tournaments, traveling with my team and celebrating with all my friends and fans around the world. It is all of you who have inspired me to become me and I want to take this year to say ‘thank you’ to you. 2020 is going to be an emotional one and I look forward to seeing all of you out there roaring with me,” Paes added.
— Leander Paes (@Leander) December 25, 2019
Throughout his 28-year-long illustrious service to the ATP Tour, the former doubles World Number one Paes amassed a record for the most Davis Cup doubles wins with 43 victories. At present, he is ranked 105 in the world on ATP doubles scale. This year Paes reached the finals at Ilkley Trophy and he was also in tandem with France’s Benoit Paire.
Bryan brothers’ retirement
A few weeks ago the doubles specialists, Bryan brothers also announced their retirement from professional tennis. Mike and Bob Bryan will be hanging their racquets at US Open 2020.
Tribute to Paes
My favourite @Leander
Paes memory is from the Atlanta Olympic Games 1996. I was privileged to have been there to report one of the defining moments in Indian sport. The bronze medal ended a massive drought and changed how India looked at Olympic sport. #OneLastRoar https://t.co/uYUwzYM2SI pic.twitter.com/HHcf5MNZFT
— G Rajaraman (@g_rajaraman) December 25, 2019
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) December 25, 2019
— Sunil kumar (@TweetsOfSunil) December 25, 2019
Leander Paes…… You time and again forgotten legend. We will miss you and again
Can't thank you enough for Atlanta 1996.
Have a nice farewell year in professional tennis.https://t.co/a1IU1M5KgG
— अनिरुद्ध मिश्र/Anirudh Mishra (@AnyrudeMishra) December 25, 2019
Behind the back … How did he do that …. Just sensational
Leander Paes , 2015 Aus Open SF . pic.twitter.com/ih2L3J1h4T
— S R Ramnarayan (@ramnarayan_sr) December 25, 2019
After the Bryan Brothers recently announced that 2020 will be their last year on tour, Leander Paes is now announcing that the next season will also be his last year on tour.
— Alex | Tennis 🎾 (@Alex_Boroch) December 25, 2019