Tokyo Olympics 2021: India will win another gold in tennis but it’ll take time, says Paes

New Delhi: Leander Paes, winner of multiple Grand Slam titles, has said it will take a while before India can win an Olympic medal in tennis.

“It is going to be a while before we win another medal in tennis,” said Paes, who won a bronze at Atlanta 1996, India’s only Olympic medal in tennis.

“[It’s] because I feel that the competition in our sport in both the men’s game and the women’s game is so fierce, because the physical fitness and the mental toughness it takes, let alone the tennis technique, I feel it is going to take a while to build another Olympic champion in tennis,” Paes told The Week.

“Really, it is about building a tennis champion. It is not about wishing a prayer and hope someone will come around and win it. It takes a whole lifetime, perseverance and knowledge and belief, and hard work. In tennis, it will take a while,” said the 44-year-old player, who has won eight doubles and 10 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.

Paes is currently holidaying in Goa and is accompanied by actress Kim Sharma, a fact confirmed by Pousada by the Beach, a restaurant in Calangute. The restaurant posted a picture of the two together on its Instagram account with a statement, “Biscuit & Chai hosting Leander Paes and Kim Sharma at Pousada by the Beach.”

Meanwhile, ‘Break Point’ has been decided as the title of the show based on the lives of ace tennis players Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. ‘Break Point’ will stream on Zee5.

In 1999, Bhupathi and Paes became the first Indian pair to win at Wimbledon. In the same year, the duo had won the French Open as well. Excited to share their story of friendship with the world, Paes said, “There’s been a lot of talk about Leander and Mahesh over the years, but the idea of inspiring the next generation, and sharing the moments with those who have supported us through the years, by telling our story, is what persuaded me to say yes to ‘Break Point’.”

“Friendships are what enrich our lives, and in ‘Break Point’, people will witness the tests a true friendship needs to go through to survive,” he added.

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