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Leander Paes became 47th player to join 100 partners club on ATP Circuit

Jun 26, 2015 09:00 IST

India’s tennis player Leander Paes on 24 June 2015 became the 47th player to play with 100 different partners on ATP Circuit.

The 42-year-old achieved this land mark feat when he joined Marcel Granollers of Spain in a match against Treat Huey and Scott Lipsky at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, the UK.

Of these 100 partners, While 71 played with him on the tour level, 29 at the Challenger level.

Among all the partners, Paes had been most successful with his Indian partner Mahesh Bhuapthi with whom he won three of his eight men’s doubles Grand Slam titles.

He won two each with Radek Stepanek and Lukas Dlouhy and one with Martin Damm. Incidentally, all of them are from Czech Republic.

In a career spanning 25 years, he also won seven mixed doubles Grand Slam titles — three with Cara Black (Zimbabwe), two with Martina Navratilova (Czech Republic  & USA) and one each with Lisa Raymond (USA) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland).

He also became eighth player to register 700 match wins with victory in the Roland Garros first round in May 2015 and the first member of the club to have amassed more than 50 titles and 700 match victories.

Paes, a former World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles rankings, is the sixth active member of the 100 Partners Club, with Frank Moser (144), Andre Sa (119), Olivier Marach (109), Carlos Berlocq (104) and James Cerretani (104).

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