Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi say that the current lockdown is not an easy situation and that they are doing the best on their part to keep themselves and their families safe.
Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi on the current lockdown
Speaking on Wimbledon's Facebook Live.
Paes commented, "It is not easy and its been approximately 97 days we have been locked down in Mumbai and we don't live far from each other. But we try to bring in some happiness into the community, like we did with that volley challenge and Mahesh had to go one up with the smaller pan.
These are the things that binds us when the going gets tough and we try to do something for the community with our friendship and camaraderie." Bhupathi said, "Similar situation and it is safety first and both of us have daughters and would do everything in our powers to keep them safe.
Also being in a lockdown for three months is no fun and we got to do what we got to do. With the cases rising in India, we are being just ultra careful." Paes, who had earlier announced that 2020 would be his last season, says he has yet to decide on coming in 2021.
"I miss Wimbledon a lot and it was part of my One Last Roar season which kind of has come short. I haven't made a decision yet whether I will come back in 2021 or not and lot of it will ride on the Olympics. At 47 it is not easy to keep this body young and I'm hoping the vaccine comes out soon and we get back to travel and playing.
I will make that decision down the line." Bhupathi also spoke about winning Wimbledon for the first time in 1999. "From my tennis career's perspective it was the best feeling I have ever had. My dad took me to Wimbledon the first time when I was 13 and took me again when I was 15.
For me it was always a dream to play at Wimbledon and then to win Wimbledon with Leander was the ultimate height to achieve." Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the 1999 French Open and Wimbledon Grand Slams as well as the 2001 French Open.
In 1999, Bhupathi and Paes became the first doubles team to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams, the first time such a feat had been achieved in the Open era and the first time since 1952. They also became the World No. 1 doubles team in 1999.