India's tennis legend Leander Paes says he continues playing at the age of 46 primarily because of happiness. Paes recently won his 44th doubles rubber in the Davis Cup when he partnered with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to beat Pakistan in the Davis Cup - an all-time record in the competition.
In an interview published by The Times of India, Paes says, “There is nothing more to play for except for happiness. If I look at any Grand Slam, I have won them all, in doubles and in mixed doubles. If I look at it in terms of longevity, I am the only player apart from Sir Rod Laver to have won Wimbledon in three different decades.
My team is finding it quite hard to find new events for me to compete in. So really, for the last two years, I have been playing because of happiness. It’s been such a lovely journey for the last two years, where I play just because I love the sport of tennis.
It’s such a magnificent sport”. Paes adds that the relationships he has made during his tennis career and bringing people happiness to get through the stresses of modern-day life are some of the joys he has received while playing in his long career.
"The relationships you cultivate traveling around the world playing tennis is one of the greatest things life has given me. Over the 30 years, my greatest joy has been to be ableable to bring happiness to people through tennis.
We live in a world that moves very fast. I find that creating memories and bringing happiness to people through the stresses of modern-day life is the reason I still play. It’s good to have won the Wimbledon six or seven times and seven times and being no.
1 in the world but if I look back on my career, the legacy I’d really like to leave is that we Indians can be world champions, both in the Olympic field anand within the sport."