True to his words and defeating the boundaries of age Paes, 42, is all set to be a part of the Rio Olympics to be held in Brazil from 5 to 21 August, 2016. Leander says, "To play in my seventh Olympics and create a world record, this is what dreams are made of, I am so driven to win another medal….Having prepared for six other Olympics, I know that I took two and a half years before the event to plan my schedule, plan my fitness training to peak during that one week of Olympics".
"For some athletes who only get ten seconds of a 100 metres race in every four years, it is very specific. For us tennis players if you serve a double fault at the wrong time in the wrong point of the match you are going to lose the Olympics," says the ace tennis player.
Leander Paes will be competing in the Chennai Open in January followed by the Australian Open where he would be team up with Martina Hingis; their partnership has already won three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles in 2015.
Leander Paes, who is completing 25 years in his tennis career, has created a record of sorts, including partnering with over hundred players on the international circuit. He has won eight doubles and nine mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, and is also the oldest man to have won a Grand Slam title. The ace player, who is considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players in the world, had interestingly won a bronze medal in the 'singles' event at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
For his outstanding contribution to tennis in India, Leander Paes has won several accolades from the Government of India (GoI) including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (1996-97), India's highest sporting honour; the Arjuna Award (1990); the Padma Shri award (2001) and its 3rd Highest Indian Civilian Award the Padma Bhushan (2014).