Doubles tennis legend Leander Paes has played with over 100 different doubles partners and the Indian spoke about his instincts when it comes to choosing a partner and also about his ‘The last roar’ campaign. “Choosing partners is something I instinctively know.
It comes from the fact that I know my strengths and weaknesses very well. It is important to know about your weaknesses and then find a partner whose strengths make up for your weaknesses. My strengths should make up for my partner’s weaknesses.
The compatibility factor is crucial when it comes to doubles,” Paes said. Speaking about his last year on tour as a professional and his ‘Last Roar’ slogan, Paes told reporters, "You have to be clear on this fact, every time I step on the court, I think this could be my last match here.
Whether it was in Australia, in Pune last week. That is the thought process behind my slogan of 'One Last Roar' This will go on throughout the year. It's all about doing my best at every campaign, I want to go out there and do something”.
"In 2020, I want to make sure that I keep playing to the levels I am used to. If I wanted to play for another two-three years, I could have because of my fitness. The hard yards of travel have taken its toll, my travel team has disintegrated of late. Travelling on the road alone is no fun when you go past 30 years of age," he added.