The Indian doubles player Leander Paes is looking forward to the new season. Paes said: "This year the Australian Open is going to be unique. Roger Federer just announced that he will play the Olympics in 2020. I think for tennis fans around the world it is fantastic because there is always a question whether he is going to continue or not (playing)."
Paes spoke about the keys of his longevity and his inspirations. “Navratilova taught us on how physical fitness was a pre-requisite. Navratilova taught me the importance of physical fitness and that is the reason I had such a long career.
She epitomises perseverance and the re-invention that an athlete can go through. Navratilova took fitness and gym work to a new level. To have played with Navratilova over three years and to be that close to her over time has helped me in my career, that at 46 I keep re-inventing myself, my training methods, my diets, and my fitness”.
Paes also credited Martina Hingis: “Hingis taught me a lot about technique. Because I don’t consider myself a very talented tennis player, I am more of an athlete. I felt that playing with Hingis — her groundstrokes, technique, volley or just technique itself was phenomenal. Playing with her I used to practice hours and hours and the matches were just extension of practice sessions."