Indian tennis legend Leander Paes has launched his own website, announcing the same on an Instagram Live session on Saturday. Paes also spoke about his plans to getting back on the tour during the Instagram Live session.
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes launches his own website on India's Independence Day
The 47 year old launched the website on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day.
The website is www.leanderpaes.in. Speaking on his Instagram Live session, Paes commented, "My team and I have been so used to meeting face to face but this last five months have been really tough in the lockdown. I have been meeting people during this time but online.
And in that I wanted to share something really special I have just designed and launched today the Leander Paes website," Paes, one of India's most celebrated Olympians, had planned to retire this year but the global pandemic has left him unsure of his future plans.
Paes commented, "I feel like once I know that it is safe to travel and get back to the tour.
Very pleased to announce the launch of my new website! You can now also find me at https://t.co/u33fZQLURY #FlyingMan #LionHeart 💻🚀 pic.twitter.com/lAvPN9IGPc — Leander Paes OLY (@Leander) August 15, 2020
I will get back into playing tennis again. It's just left to see whether it will happen in 2021 or whether the Olympics will happen in 2021." The men's ATP circuit is resuming in the United States in August - with the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in New York - later this month.
However, Paes will not be playing the upcoming events. He is one of several players who have decided not to travel due to the concerns around travelling during the current pandemic. Leander Paes is among the greatest doubles players in the history of tennis.
He holds the record for the most doubles wins in the Davis Cup. The Indian has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He holds a career Grand Slam in men's doubles and mixed doubles, and achieved the rare men's doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament.
He is a former Davis Cup team captain, and holds the record for the most Davis Cup doubles wins with 43 victories. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Leander Paes defeated Brazilian Fernando Meligeni to win the bronze medal, making him the first Indian to win an individual medal since the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.