Leander Paes, 43: In a career that began in 1991 and continues to go on at 43, Paes will be participating in his staggering seventh Olympics. He has the rare distinction of winning India’s first medal in singles at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Paes wasn’t Bopanna’s initial pick with the big server opting for Saketh Myneni before AITA intervened and threw Paes into the mix. Playing only the men’s doubles event at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Paes will bring plenty of experience and agility to the court. The duo won their only preparation match before Olympics with ease – a straight sets win over South Korea in the Davis Cup last month on the grass courts of Chandigarh Club. Combined by Rohan Bopanna’s big booming serve, Paes will be a perfect companion with arguably the best hands at the net on tour – event at 43. Paes’ best showing in doubles came at the 2004 Athens Olympics with then partner Mahesh Bhupathi. The pairing finished fourth to narrowly miss out on a bronze medal.
Event: Tennis (Men’s doubles)
Event date: August 6
Qualifying Event: Partnering the qualified Rohan Bopanna in men’s doubles event
Records: Leander Paes has won India its only medal in Olympics in tennis at Atlanta Games in 1996
Career highlights: Major wins for Leander Paes in the recent past have come in mixed doubles while struggling to find a consistent partner for men’s doubles. Overall though, he has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.