If there is one person who has made the maximum contribution in tennis from India and brought laurels to the country, it is Leander Paes, who has some brilliant records and wins to his name as well.
He found success in both doubles as well as mixed doubles, winning eight and nine grand slam titles respectively.
Some very successful partnerships have helped him set the record of being the seventh male player in the open era to win 700 matches in doubles in 2015.
He is also the only Indian and 47th player overall to have more than 100 doubles partners. Spaniard Marcel Granollers became his 100th partner, with whom he teamed up for Aegon Open in Nottingham in 2015.
He also shares a record with Owen Davidson in the gentleman’s category of winning the most (4) of Wimbledon mixed doubles titles in the open era.
Here, we take a look at the Top 5 successful partnerships of Leander Paes.
1) With Mahesh Bhupathi
The ‘Indian Express’ or ‘Lee-Hesh’, as they are famously called, teamed up in 1998 and went on to win some great and memorable matches until their separation owing to personal issues and disparities. They have a respectable career record of 303-103. They reunited briefly in 2011 after a huge gap and won the Chennai Open.
Their famous wins include two French Open titles in 1999 and 2001 and one Wimbledon title in 1999. They have also been runner-ups on three different occasions that are the Australian Open in 1999, the US Open in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2011. 1999 thus remains to be their most fruitful year ever, becoming the first doubles team to reach the finals of all four grand slams in the open era.
They have also been very successful in the Davis Cup with the longest winning streak of 23 consecutive wins.
They also have a six-year end final appearance to their name.
Apart from GS, they have clinched the titles at Cincinnati, Houston, Atlanta, Tokyo, Orlando, Majorca and Miami.
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