India’s Tennis Superstar & Padma Awardee Leander Paes has several times refused to give his career a final full stop, the 43 year old players shows no sign of retirement and gave ample indications to continue and play further till he enjoys playing the game and also for his nation.”Whether I get another chance to play for the country in Davis Cup (does not matter). Whatever people have to say it is their opinion. Whenever I am called for national duty, I will be ready,” he told reporters when asked whether if this would be his last outing for India.
“I have never worried about people’s opinion. I am so lucky that I have gone through all this and still what I have achieved. Now I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I play because I love the game. I am here because I love the lifestyle it gives me. I am so happy that I am a tennis player.”
“And to be able to say this after years of hard work, it is a real bonus. That itself makes me happy,” he added.
Paes, made his Davis Cup debut in 1990, and has played a total of 54 ties, the most by any Indian, and at 42 doubles wins is currently tied with Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli as the most successful player in the prestigious tennis team competition for men. In 27 years in the circuit, he has won everything that Davis Cup and tennis has to offer – ATP singles title, doubles titles, Grand Slam titles, he has won them all, many times over.
Taking the back of his senior player Leander Paes to the hilt, India’s outgoing Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj said on Thursday that the tennis star should be the only one to take a call on his future as a player.
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