Leander Paes has revealed he will not wait for four years to make his eighth Olympics appearance if the Tokyo Olympic Games do not take place in 2021.
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In an interaction with Purav Raja during an Instagram Live session, Paes revealed, “If the Tokyo Olympic is canceled, then I have already played my last Olympics in Rio. I am not going to wait for the next Olympic.”
Paes is the only Indian to appear in seven Olympics, starting from Barcelona Games in 1992 and Rio Olympics in 2016. The year 2020 is his last year in professional tennis. Paes, who has won 18 Grand Slam titles, including eight doubles and ten mix doubles, also formed a formidable partnership with Mahesh Bhupati, winning three Grand Slams together.
According to a report in TOI, Leander chose Rohan Bopanna’s serve over Bhupathi’s backhand. “God, Mahesh had killer backhand as an ad court player, it was world-class nonetheless if I had to select amid the two I would go for Rohan’s serve. His help is one of the best I have seen on the trip and it’s a weapon,” Leander supposed.
During the interaction, Paes also said that he would choose Martina Hingis over Martina Navratilova by a small margin. He said that Hingis complimented his style and he could play his natural game with her.
“She allowed me to be the leader and I could just take over the net. Navratilova, on the other hand, led me through and always directed me. She was the leader in our side,” he supposed.