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Leander Paes

Leander Paes
Paes at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports)India India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Born (1973-06-17) 17 June 1973 (age 50)
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1991
Retired2021
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$8,587,586
Singles
Career record101–99 (50.5%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 73 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1997, 2000)
French Open2R (1997)
Wimbledon2R (2001)
US Open3R (1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games (1996)
Doubles
Career record770–457 (62.8%)
Career titles55
Highest rankingNo. 1 (21 June 1999)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenW (2012)
French OpenW (1999, 2001, 2009)
WimbledonW (1999)
US OpenW (2006, 2009, 2013)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)
Olympic GamesSF – 4th (2004)
Mixed doubles
Career titles10
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian OpenW (2003, 2010, 2015)
French OpenW (2016)
WimbledonW (1999, 2003, 2010, 2015)
US OpenW (2008, 2015)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2012)
Team competitions
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress (2021—present)[1]
PartnerKim Sharma[2]
Medal record
Representing  India
Men's tennis
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Singles
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi Men's doubles
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Hiroshima Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1994 Hiroshima Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2002 Busan Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Hiroshima Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Busan Mixed doubles
Last updated on: 1 March 2021
Signature of Leander Paes.

Leander Adrian Paes OLY[3] (/ps/ PAYSS; born 17 June 1973) is an Indian former professional tennis player. He is regarded as one of the greatest doubles tennis players of all-time and holds the record for the most doubles wins in the Davis Cup.[4] Paes won eight men's doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He made a total of 34 Grand Slam finals across men's and mixed doubles in his career which is the joint 2nd highest of all-time among men. He holds a career Grand Slam in men's doubles and mixed doubles making him one of only three men in the Open era to achieve this distinction and won the rare men's/mixed double at the 1999 Wimbledon Championships. Paes was also the 1st pair in Open era history together with Mahesh Bhupathi to reach the men's doubles finals of all 4 Grand Slams in the same calendar year(1999).

His mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2015 made him the second man (after Rod Laver) to win Wimbledon titles in three different decades.[5] and he also repeated the feat winning a Roland Garros title in three different decades with his mixed doubles title in 2016.

Paes received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honor, in 1996–97; the Arjuna Award in 1990; the Padma Shri award in 2001; and India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan prize in January 2014, for his outstanding contributions to tennis.[6] He won a bronze medal for India in men's singles at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games making him the 1st Asian in Olympic history to win a tennis medal and the only Indian till date. He competed in consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2016,[7] making him the first Indian and the only tennis player to compete in seven Olympic Games. He is also the most decorated male tennis player in Asian Games history with 5 Golds and 3 Bronzes winning medals in every category (singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team event) and the highest Indian gold medal winning athlete across all sports in Asian Games history.

He is a former Davis Cup team captain, where in addition his Davis Cup all-time doubles win record with 45 victories,[8] he also has the 4th highest number of overall wins in Davis Cup history with 93 total victories across singles and doubles in a 30 year career for India with match wins in 4 different decades. He played in World Team Tennis for the Washington Kastles. He was on the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 championship teams and was named Male MVP for 2009 and 2011.[9][10] Paes retired from professional tennis in 2020,[11] following his last Davis Cup tie in Croatia, with a world record 1295 weeks spent ranked in the Top 100 in men's doubles.

Early life

Paes was born in Calcutta, India, on 17 June 1973 to Vece Paes, a Goan, and, Jennifer Paes, from Calcutta. He studied at La Martiniere Calcutta, Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School[12] and at St. Xavier's College. His parents were both athletes. Vece was a midfield squad member in the bronze medal-winning Indian field hockey team at the 1972 Munich Olympics although he did not personally receive a medal as he did not take to the field in any of India's matches.[13] His mother captained the Indian basketball team in the 1980 Asian basketball championship. Paes is a direct descendant of Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta through his mother.[14][15]

Paes enrolled with the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Madras (Chennai)[16] in 1985, where he was coached by Dave O'Meara.[17] Paes earned international fame when he won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title and reached No. 1 in the junior world rankings at age 17.

Career

Early career (1991–1997)

Paes first won titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon. He turned professional in 1991.[18] He became number 1 in the world junior rankings.[19] In 1992, he reached the quarter finals of the doubles event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Ramesh Krishnan.[20]

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics he beat Fernando Meligeni to win the bronze medal, the first Indian to win an individual medal since KD Jadhav won bronze at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.[21] Paes cited the match as one of his greatest performances, in part because his wrist was severely injured.[22] He was awarded the highest sporting honor by the government of India, the Khel Ratna in 1996.[23]

His first successful year in the ATP circuit came in 1993, when he partnered with Sébastien Lareau to reach the US Open doubles semifinal. After a moderate season in 1994, he reached the quarter-finals of the 1995 Australian Open doubles with Kevin Ullyett. From 1996, he partnered with fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi. Their first year was not successful, especially in the Grand Slams, reaching the round of 32 only at Wimbledon. 1997 proved to be a much better year for the team, reaching the US Open semifinals. Paes climbed the doubles ranking from no. 89 at the beginning of the year to no. 14 at year-end.[24] That year he made his best singles performance in a Grand Slam, losing in the third round of the 1997 US Open to Cédric Pioline after beating Carlos Costa and Arnaud Boetsch.[25][26]

Rise in doubles (1998–2002)

Paes/Bhupathi grew stronger in 1998,and reached the semifinals of three Grand Slams, the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Paes had two of his biggest singles results. The first one came by winning his only ATP singles title at Newport, and the second was beating Pete Sampras, 6–3, 6–4 at the New Haven ATP tournament at their only meeting.[27][28][29][30] In 1999, the duo reached the finals of all four Grand Slams, winning Wimbledon and the French, thus becoming the first Indians to win a doubles event at a Grand Slam. Paes teamed up with Lisa Raymond to win the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon. The year marked his ascent to the no. 1 doubles ranking.[31] The following year, Paes partnered with Sébastien Lareau for the Australian and Jan Siemerink for the French, losing in the first round on both occasions. Paes again teamed with Bhupathi for the US Open, but lost in the first round again.[32]

The duo had a disappointing second round exit to Australian duo of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde at the Sydney Olympics.[33] Paes was given the honor of carrying the Indian Flag at the opening ceremony.[34]

In spite of winning the French in 2001, Bhupathi/Paes had first-round exits in the other three Grand Slams. Paes was awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India in 2001.[35] The duo of Paes and Bhupathi won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.[36] In 2002, Leander paired up with Michael Hill with moderate success.[37]

Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova pairing up in a mixed doubles event

2003–2007

After 2003 Paes increasingly focused on doubles. He won the mixed doubles events at the Australian and Wimbledon with Martina Navratilova, both in 2003. Weeks later, Paes was admitted to the MD Anderson Cancer Center for a suspected brain tumour that was later found to be neurocysticercosis, a parasitic brain infection. He had to miss the US Open, but recovered by the end of that year.[38]

In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he paired up with Bhupathi, failing again at the semifinals stage. His next Grand Slam success was in the US Open doubles event in 2006 with Martin Damm. Paes led the Indian tennis team at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 and won two golds in the men's doubles (with Bhupathi) and mixed doubles (with Sania Mirza).[39][40] Paes maintained his doubles ranking in the top 20 in the world between 2005 and 2007.[41][42] With wins in the Rotterdam and Indian Wells, Paes took his doubles tally to 38.[43][44][45]

2008

Paes/Bhupathi took part in men's doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka,[46] who went on to win gold.[47] With Cara Black he won the 2008 US Open mixed doubles title.

2009

In 2009, he won the French Open[48] and US Open Men's doubles titles with Lukáš Dlouhý[49] and was the runner-up in mixed at the US Open.

2010

He began the 2010 season in good form, again winning the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Cara Black.[50] This was the pair's third consecutive Grand Slam final and the fourth overall. [51]

2012

Paes started the year pairing with Radek Štěpánek winning the Australian Open men's doubles beating the Bryan brothers and completed his Career Grand Slam in men's doubles. Paes then went on to complete at hattrick of wins at the Miami Masters with his 3rd consecutive win pairing with Štěpánek. Paes and Štěpánek's 2012 Wimbledon tournament ended when the duo lost to Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.[52] Paes and Elena Vesnina reached the finals of the Wimbledon mixed doubles after beating Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3[53] on 7 July.[54] They lost in the final to Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan 3–6, 7–5, 4–6.[55][56]

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Indian pair (Vishnu Vardhan) lost to French team Michaël Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6.[57]

Paes and Štěpánek advanced to the finals at the 2012 US Open after their Spanish opponents, Marcel Granollers and Marc López, retired because of injury.[58][59] However the duo lost in the final of US Open 2012 to the Bryan brothers.[60]

Paes and Štěpánek kicked off the ATP World Tour Finals with a win against Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean Julien Rojer, 6–4, 7–5.[61] andf avenged their loss to the Bryans topping their group with 3 wins. They made it to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.[62]

2013

Paes/Štěpánek won the 2013 US Open, defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6–1, 6–3. This was Paes' 3rd US Open men's doubles title and 14th Grand Slam title where he became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title at the time and the 1st ever aged above 40 years. In January 2014, Government of India announced its 3rd Highest Civilian Award Padma Bhushan for Paes.[63]

2014

Paes won the 2014 Malaysian Open men's doubles with Marcin Matkowski.[64] and later went on to make the semi-finals of Wimbledon in men's doubles with Štěpánek

2015

Paes started his 25th season on the ATP World Tour by partnering with Klaasen to reach the Chennai final, where the team lost to Lu/Marray. On 17 January, he won his 55th tour-level title in his 93rd final at Auckland, again with Klaasen. The team recorded three-match tie break victories en route to the final. With the win, Paes had won at least one trophy every season since 1997.

On 1 February, Paes captured his seventh Grand Slam mixed doubles crown at the 2015 Australian Open with Martina Hingis. It was his 15th major crown overall and his third mixed doubles triumph at Melbourne Park. The pair beat defending champions Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic in the final. As No. 7 seed with Klaasen in men's doubles, Paes lost to eventual champions Bolelli/Fognini in the second round.

At the 2015 French Open, Paes started a new partnership with Daniel Nestor. The pair crashed out in the third round; however, Paes became just the seventh male player in Open Era to complete 700 doubles wins.

At Wimbledon 2015, Paes again teamed up with Hingis to win the mixed doubles championship. The final 6–1, 6–1 score against fifth seeds Alexander Peya and Tímea Babos came after only 41 minutes. Paes/Nestor reached the third round.[65] By winning his 4th Wimbledon mixed doubles title, Paes shared the record for men's titles in the open era with Owen Davidson.[66][67]

On 12 September 2015, Paes won the mixed doubles at the 2015 US Open with Hingis, defeating Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in three sets.

2016

On 3 June 2016, Leander Paes completed his Career Grand Slam in mixed by winning the 2016 French Open with Hingis, thus joining an elite league of players.[68] He broke Davidson's record[69] for most Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Paes qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Men's doubles and partnered with Rohan Bopanna. They lost in the first round to the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Łukasz Kubot. He later paired up with Andre Begemann, where they reached the final in the Winston-Salem Open. This pair lost in the first round of the 2016 US Open.[70] He turned up for the Davis Cup against Spain with Saketh Myneni, losing to Rafael Nadal and Marc López in 4 sets.[71]

2017

Paes played in the 2017 season with his 111th partner, André Sá. The duo lost to the Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in the first round of Aircel Chennai Open in straight sets. With this loss, Paes moved down to 64th in doubles ranks. Though India won their Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, Paes and his last-minute partner, Vishnu Vardhan, lost to the New Zealanders Artem Sitak/Michael Venus. Paes and Rohan Bopanna were kept as reserves by new, non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi for the tie against Uzbekistan. Eventually, Paes was dropped from the final four, which created controversy.[72] Paes reached the semis of the Dubai Open and at Delray Beach. Paes then played a series of challenger events, never getting his ranking above 49th. He played with Adil Shamasdin, Scott Lipsky, and Purav Raja.

2018

Paes continued his partnership with Raja, losing the Maharashtra Open in the first round to defending champions Bopanna/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. In the Australian Open, Paes/Raja lost in the round of 16. Paes along with James Cerretani finished as runner up in the Dubai Open. Paes was recalled to India's Davis Cup squad to play against China. On 7 April 2018, Paes became the most successful player in Davis Cup history with his 43rd doubles victory. After going 0–2 down, Paes/Bopanna scripted India's comeback and in the end, India won the tie 3–2. After this, Paes skipped clay and grass court seasons. Paes was selected for the 2018 Asian Games, but the day before the Games started, he opted out citing the lack of a doubles specialist to accompany him. Paes/Cerretani played in several Challenger tournaments, before losing in the first round of the US Open. Paes also played Challengers with Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela.[73]

2019

Paes/Reyes-Varela started the 2019 season at the Maharashtra Open. The duo lost a close quarter-final to the eventual champions, Bopanna/Divij Sharan, 17–15 in a match tie-break. Paes/Reyes-Varela then finished as runners-up in the Da Nang Challenger before losing in the first round of the Australian Open. During the season, Paes made the semi-finals of three ATP 250 tournaments (Montpellier, Marrakesh and Lyon) with Benoit Paire. He become the oldest ATP Tour semi-finalist since 2006 when he reached the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Championship with Marcus Daniell in July 2019.[74]

Davis Cup

Paes started his Davis Cup career in 1990, when he partnered Zeeshan Ali in doubles to beat the Japanese team in a five-set encounter. He played a key role on the Indian team that reached the World Group from 1991 to 1998. He was part of the Indian team that reached the semifinals 1993 with wins against Switzerland and France, eventually losing to Australia. In singles, his major wins came against the French duo of Arnaud Boetsch and Henri Leconte in 1993, Wayne Ferreira in 1994, and Goran Ivanišević in 1995 when India defeated Croatia, beating Jan Siemerink in 1996 to defeat Netherlands, and Jiří Novák in 1997.[75][76] He teamed up with Bhupathi to beat Hiršzon/Ivanisevic of Croatia in 1995, Damm/Korda of the Czech Republic in 1997, Massú/Ríos of Chile in 1997, Broad/Henman in 1998, and Aspelin/Björkman of Sweden in 2005. In 2007, Leander had three wins (two doubles and one singles) and no losses.

In 1993, he defeated No. 25 Arnaud Boetsch in straight sets on clay. Paes defeated Henri Leconte in the same week, and although Ramesh Krishnan won the tie-breaker against Rodolphe Gilbert, it was Paes who put that match over the top.[77]

In 1994, he beat World No. 13 Wayne Ferreira in straight sets, but lost the overall tie.[78]

Year-end finals

Paes qualified for appeared with Bhupathi in six season finales.[79]

Paes played at the year-end championships with Bhupathi each year from 1997 to 2000, as well as in 2002 and 2011, reaching three finals.[80][81] In 1997 they lost the final to Rick Leach and Jonathan Stark. They lost 1999 final to Sébastien Lareau and Alex O'Brien. In 2000, they lost the final to Donald Johnson and Pieter Norval.

Playing style

Leander has been described as having a strange playing style by Andre Agassi.[82] He varies his play as the match goes on; he is one of the best volleyers and a talented drop shotter.[83] His volleying techniques were learnt from former Indian player Akhtar Ali.[84] He hits a one-handed backhand, which he drives only seldom, preferring instead to slice when returning serve or rallying from his backhand.

Partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes and his longtime doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi

The duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi was nicknamed the ″Indian Express″. Paes' off-and-on partnership with Bhupathi drew constant media attention in their home country.[85][86][87] In the 2006 Asian Games, a loss to the Chinese Taipei team in the team event led Leander to question Bhupathi's commitment to Team India.[88] He once stated in an interview that although he and Bhupathi are friends, he did not consider pairing with his former teammate.[89] However, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they reunited for their country,[90] losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Federer/Wawrinka.[91]

In 2011, the pair won doubles at the Chennai Open. They reunited to play in a Grand Slam Tournament after nine years and claimed runners-up in the 2011 Australian Open and reached the semifinals in the year-end championships.[92]

The Indian duo has a 303–103 career record together. They have a high success rate against various top teams.[93] They have a Davis Cup record for the longest doubles winning streak, with 24 straight wins.[94]

Paes paired with Vishnu Vardhan at the London Olympics 2012, following Bhupathi and Bopanna 's refusal.[95] Paes threatened to withdraw from the Olympics rather than play with Vardhan, whose world ranking was 296,[96] but withdrew the threat a week later.[97] Paes and Vardhan reached the second round of the tournament, losing to French silver medalists Llodra/Tsonga.

In 2021, Zee5 produced a documentary called Break Point, showing the ups and downs in the relationship between Paes and Bhupathi.[98]

Other activities

In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of Olympic Gold Quest,[99] a foundation co-founded by Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to support talented Indian athletes.[100]

Acting career

Leander made his film debut in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller.[101]

Film Role Notes
2013 Rajdhani Express Keshav Debut film

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS NTI P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

Singles

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 1R A 2R 1R 1R 2R Q3 0 / 5 2–5
French Open A A Q2 A A A 2R Q3 Q2 Q1 A 0 / 1 1–1
Wimbledon Q2 Q1 Q1 Q3 A 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 0 / 5 1–5
US Open A Q3 Q2 1R Q3 2R 3R 1R Q1 A A 0 / 4 3–4
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 4–4 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0 / 15 7–15
National representation
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held SF-B Not Held 1R NH 0 / 3 5–3
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1
Year-end ranking 278 194 260 139 130 129 122 91 142 188 299

Doubles

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R QF A 1R SF F 1R 1R 2R QF 1R A F 3R 2R SF QF F W 1R QF 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R A 1 / 24 49–23
French Open A A A A A A A 2R SF W 1R W SF SF 2R QF 1R 2R 3R W F 2R 2R 2R A 3R QF 2R A 2R A 3 / 21 53–18
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R 3R A 2R 1R 2R W A 1R 1R SF 2R QF SF QF SF 1R 2R 2R 3R SF SF 3R 2R 1R A 1R NH 1 / 24 44–23
US Open A A A SF 2R 1R Q1 SF SF F 1R 1R 2R A F 1R W 1R F W 1R QF F W 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 3 / 25 59–22
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 4–3 3–2 1–1 5–4 13–4 22–2 0–3 6–3 6–4 11–3 7–4 6–3 15–3 6–4 12–4 16–2 9–4 10–4 14–3 11–3 9–3 6–4 4–4 2–4 2–2 1–4 0–0 8 / 94 205–86

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R W F A SF QF 2R 2R W 2R F 2R QF W QF QF A 2R 2R 3 / 20
French Open A A A 3R 2R QF 3R QF 2R 2R 2R F QF QF 1R 2R QF QF SF 2R A 2R W 1R A A NH 1 / 20
Wimbledon 3R A 1R QF QF W A 3R QF W 3R A QF QF 2R F W QF F 2R 2R W 3R 1R A 1R NH 4 / 22
US Open A 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R F 2R A SF QF 1R F W F QF SF QF A QF W 2R A A A NH 2 / 19
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 3 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 10 / 81
National representation
Summer Olympics Not held QF Not held A Not held 0 / 1

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 16 (8 titles, 8 runner-ups)

By winning the 2012 Australian Open title, Paes achieved the career Grand Slam.

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6
Winner 1999 French Open Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Croatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
6–7(10–12), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 1999 US Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Winner 2001 French Open (2) Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 US Open Hard Czech Republic David Rikl The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2006 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2006 US Open Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2008 US Open Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner 2009 French Open (3) Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý South Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2009 US Open (2) Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2010 French Open Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Canada Daniel Nestor
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2011 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2012 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
Runner-up 2012 US Open Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2013 US Open (3) Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–1, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 18 (10 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass United States Lisa Raymond Russia Anna Kournikova
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2001 US Open Hard United States Lisa Raymond Australia Rennae Stubbs
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 5–7, [11–9]
Winner 2003 Australian Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Martina Navratilova Russia Anastassia Rodionova
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 Australian Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova Russia Elena Bovina
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 2005 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
France Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2007 US Open Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 2008 US Open Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Liezel Huber
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2009 Wimbledon Grass Zimbabwe Cara Black Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Carly Gullickson
United States Travis Parrot
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2010 Australian Open (2) Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2010 Wimbledon (3) Grass Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Lisa Raymond
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard Russia Elena Vesnina United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Romania Horia Tecău
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Grass Russia Elena Vesnina United States Lisa Raymond
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 2015 Australian Open (3) Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis France Kristina Mladenovic
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2015 Wimbledon (4) Grass Switzerland Martina Hingis Hungary Tímea Babos
Austria Alexander Peya
6–1, 6–1
Winner 2015 US Open (2) Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Sam Querrey
6–4, 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 2016 French Open Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis India Sania Mirza
Croatia Ivan Dodig
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]

Olympic medal matches

Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)

Bronze medal final
Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Bronze 1996 United States Atlanta Hard Brazil Fernando Meligeni 3–6, 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 1

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2004 Athens Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Croatia Mario Ančić
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 14–16

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