The oldest man to have won a Grand Slam title, Leander Adrian Paes (17 June 1973) is considered to be one of the best doubles players in the history of tennis. The two-time career Grand Slam owner has won 8 doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles over the course of his illustrious career.
Born to Vece Paes, a Goan midfielder in the Bronze medal winning Indian hockey team at the Munich Olympics in 1972, and, Jennifer Paes, from Calcutta, who captained the Indian basketball team at the 1980 Asian basketball championship, Leander took to tennis at an early age. Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Chennai shaped Leander into the champion that he would later become. Leander came under the spotlight of the media when he won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title and rose to no. 1 in the junior world rankings.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Leander clinched a Bronze medal for India in the singles category, for which he was honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1996. Paes also formed a successful partnership with fellow-Indian Mahesh Bhupathi in the year 1996. The Paes-Bhupathi combination became stronger by 1998, when they reached the semifinals of three Grand Slams—the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open.
Paes also had his landmark victory of Pete Sampras in straight sets at the New Haven ATP tournament. IN 1999, Paes won the Wimbledon and French Open with Bhupathi in 1999, while becoming world number 1 in doubles in the same year. In recent times, Paes won the Australian Open Mixed Doubles trophy alongside the legendary Martina Hingis in 2015.
Honoring his decades long achievement, the Indian government has conferred him with several awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna award, the Padma Shri in 2001, and finally the Padma Bhushan, the 3rd Highest Civilian Award in 2014 for his contribution to India. In 2010, Leander joined the Olympic Gold Quest’s Board of Directors to support struggling athletes in India.
Leander Paes Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $8.5 Million US Dollars
Leander Paes has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million US dollars as of 2017. Besides his income from winning multiple Grand Slams, Leander also endorses brands like Adidas and All India Football Federation which contribute to his earnings. Leander has made close to 30 crore rupees in prize money in the course of his glittering career. Leander also made his Bollywood debut as lead role in the movie “Rajdhani Express”. According to Indian Forbes 2014, Leander earns close to 2 crores annually.
Leander Paes has had a troubled and well-documented personal life. He had a live-in relationship with Rhea Pillai, the ex-wife of actor Sanjay Dutt. The couple was blessed with a beautiful daughter they named Aiyana. In 2014, Rhea filed a case against Paes alleging that she had been locked out of her own home. The supreme court has called for Paes and Pillai to settle their dispute regarding custody of their daughter in its mediation cell. Paes is embroiled in a long legal battle over maintenance and custody of his daughter in lieu of the domestic violence and harassment case filed against him by Rhea Pillai.
Towards the twilight stages of his career, Leander is still going strong, brushing aside questions about retiring from the game that he loves. At 43, Leander feels grateful to be able to compete at the international level, and his hunger for success and perfection is motivating him to push his limits further. Leander is looking to finish on a winning note, his eight Olympics appearance in the horizon. Looking beyond chasing records, Paes wants to be a motivating factor to youngsters.
At 43, Leander feels grateful to be able to compete at the international level, and his hunger for success and perfection is motivating him to push his limits further. Leander is looking to finish on a winning note, his eight Olympics appearance in the horizon. In the Davis cup against New-Zealand, Paes will have a chance to break Nicola Pietrangeli’s record of 42 doubles wins in the Davis cup competition.
Paes is no longer interested in chasing records, and prefers to be a motivating factor to youngsters across the globe that regardless of age, you can work hard to compete at the highest level and be the best that you can be.