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Martina Navratilova, Hingis Wanted To Win With Me, 18 Grand Slams Need A Lot of Effort: Leander Paes

Even after a 30-year Davis Cup career, Leander Paes refuses to stop. The 47-year-old attributes his success to a diet of hard work, discipline and simplicity

Martina Navratilova, Hingis Wanted To Win With Me, 18 Grand Slams Need A Lot of Effort: Leander Paes Photograph by Getty Images

To measure the contribution of the inimitable, and irreplaceable, Leander Paes to Indian tennis, one just has to look at the success percentage of his 30-year Davis Cup career: an astounding 72.65 per cent (singles/doubles, on all surfaces). Also, the 1996 Olympic bronze medallist holds the Davis Cup world record of most wins: 45 (77.58 per cent) in 58 ties played. Still, the ageless Paes, who turned 47 on June 17, is not averse to continuing, post-Covid shutdown. While cleaning his Mumbai apartment during the lockdown, he spoke to Qaiser Mohammad Ali in a free-wheeling interview. Excerpts:

You have been doing a lot of things during the lockdown, cleaning your house etc. So, how was the Covid-19 lockdown period for you?

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