Indian Tennis ace: Leander Paes

After a gap of over four decades, Leander Paes, had the Indian flag flying at the medal presentation ceremony at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He won a bronze medal in the single event of Lawn Tennis by defeating Fernando Meligeni of Brazil. His journey to the finals was blocked by American great Andre Agassi who eventually won the gold medal. Paes, whom Agassi describes as a flying jumping bean, a bundle of hyperkinetic energy, has been the torch-bearer of Indian tennis after turning professional in 1991.

Leander Paes emerged on the Indian tennis horizon by wining the Wimbledon Junior title in 1990. Since then this tennis stalwart has been representing India at various international tournaments. Leander has brought glory to India by winning many events, of which the Davis Cup and the bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics is worth mentioning.

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