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Anjali Ghosh, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Age is just a number
Many of our gang of girls in their college days were infatuated with a dark boy from Beckbagan who was winning Tennis competitions in National & International circuit then. After lapping a corporate job and reaching the wrong side of thirty most of us lost the zeal to run for win which this boy is still doing and that also with winning Glory. That boy is none other than Leander Adrian Paes. For him, 42 just seem to be a number. Let us hear it from the Horse’s mouth itself- “The hard work one’s put in, the years that one’s persevered. The respect I have for my coaches and teachers, who have helped me, and who continue to take time away from their families to help my career. That pride of performance is for all these reasons. I continue to be a student of the game, of life.”
Men’s doubles (8 titles)
- 1999 French Open with Mahesh Bhupathi (India)
- 1999 Wimbledon with Bhupathi
- 2001 French Open with Bhupathi
- 2006 US Open with Martin Damm (Czech Republic)
- 2009 French Open with Lukas Dlouhy (Czech Republic)
- 2009 US Open with Dlouhy
- 2012 Australian Open with Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic)
- 2013 US Open with Stepanek
2. Mixed doubles (9 titles)
- 1999 Wimbledon with Lisa Raymond (USA)
- 2003 Australian Open with Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 2003 Wimbledon with Navratilova
- 2008 US Open with Cara Black (Zimbabwe)
- 2010 Australian Open with Cara
- 2010 Wimbledon with Cara
- 2015 Australian Open with Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
- 2015 Wimbledon with Hingis
- 2015 US Open with Hingis
Other significant success
He won a bronze medal for India in singles in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He competed in consecutive Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2012, making him the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at six Olympic Games.
He is famous for his several memorable Davis Cup performances and is a former team captain.
May his age defying glory continues to shine which started three decades ago.