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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby jaydeep » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:03 am

Another excellent interview by Leander.

Achievements speak of 30 years of hard work: Leander Paes
This morning, we were doing a small bit of research work because Wikipedia says I have had 87 partners in my career, which is wrong. Some other people said it was 19, which is again wrong. So far I have counted 32 partners in men’s doubles alone and I haven’t finished yet. I have won four doubles Grand Slams with Czech partners. I love playing with them because they are hard working people with a very dry sense of humour and I love that. I think that combination is a lot of fun.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby atula » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:04 am

Can anyone tell me whats Leander paes's schedule from here, is he playing in Rotterdam--The ABN AMRO Open, its a million Dollars Plus prize money Tournament with 16 Players in Doubles & an attractive Prize money of about $ for the winners in Doubles$85000.

Shudnt miss the Opportunity!!!.....with Stephenek, up for grabs... :cool:


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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby sameerph » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:45 pm

atula wrote:Can anyone tell me whats Leander paes's schedule from here, is he playing in Rotterdam--The ABN AMRO Open, its a million Dollars Plus prize money Tournament with 16 Players in Doubles & an attractive Prize money of about $ for the winners in Doubles$85000.

Shudnt miss the Opportunity!!!.....with Stephenek, up for grabs... :cool:


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At least, Leander is not in the initial entry list. ( Bhupathi- Bopanna are there.) Also Stepanek is not in the singles entry list here but is playing at San Jose. So, it it does not look like Leander will play here unless he plays with someone else.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby jaydeep » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:28 am

I don't think he will play here ... He already talked about reduced schedule to avoid any injury issues before Olympics ... So mostly he wuill play only big tournaments with Radek.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby jaydeep » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:31 am

jaydeep wrote:I don't think he will play here ... He already talked about reduced schedule to avoid any injury issues before Olympics ... So mostly he is planning to play only big tournaments with Radek and Davis cup tie.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby rajorshi » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:50 pm

Paes is back in action in this week's Dubai Championships! Surprisingly he is playing with Tipsarevic again. They face 2nd seeds, Lindstedt/Tecau in rd 1. Bhupathi/Bopanna are 4th seeds. They play Dlouhy/Dogolopov in rd 1. Maybe we can have a tournament thread for this event.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby prassana » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:53 pm

:goodluck: to our teams..

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby sameerph » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:10 pm

Leander & Janco lost in the first round against second seeds in the first round.

At Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

[R1] PAES, Leander (IND) / TIPSAREVIC, Janko (SRB) l. (2) LINDSTEDT, Robert (SWE)/ TECAU, Horia (ROU) 46 57

MB-RB won their first round though. Their results are updated in theie pair thread.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby jic » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:12 am

What the heck is happening with the draw when the recently crowned AO champion is drawn against the #2 seeds in the first round!

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby PKBasu » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:46 am

Yes, there is something hopelessly wrong with the way doubles seedings are done -- especially compared with the way entry into doubles draws is decided. The latter depends on the aggregate of each partner's best ranking (singles or doubles), but seedings are based purely on doubles ranking. So Tipsarevic would have pulled down the pair's seeding chances. Bizarre!

This was also the reason why LP/Stepanek (the eventual champions) had such a low seeding in the AO doubles draw.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby kujo » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:01 am

A little nugget on Leander playing Tennis, Without All the Tension

In 2008, doubles specialist Leander Paes was struggling with his game and watching his ranking slip. His coach, Rick Leach, a former No. 1 doubles player, suggested loosening up when playing with polyester strings. Leach convinced Paes to lower his tension from 61 pounds to an ultra-slack 47.

"It really changed his game and he had a resurgence in his career," says Leach. "He's able to get more pop on his serve and hits a heavier ball so he can hang with the young guys." By early 2009, Paes' ranking had climbed to No. 5 and today the 38-year-old is ranked No. 7.


14 pounds less?! wow....

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby jaydeep » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:59 am

Kujo, thanks for sharing this interesting article on strings tension.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby Prashant » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:57 pm

That's a very low tension. "Typical" tennis racket tension for most guys tends to be in the 65lb range, so LP was on the low side already if he was playing at 61lb. Of course, he's always had exemplary racket control, so it makes sense for him to play with a lower tension & get the additional pace. Still, I'm surprised by the number.

Back in the wooden racket days Borg played with an extremely low tension. But it is hard to compare with modern rackets.

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby 10nis_ace » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:11 pm

Prashant wrote: Back in the wooden racket days Borg played with an extremely low tension. But it is hard to compare with modern rackets.


It was exactly the opposite. Borg used to play with extremely high tension in his racquet, probably the highest in his contemporaries (in the range of 75-85lb).

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Re: Leander Paes thread...

Postby Prashant » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:53 pm

You're right of course. I was thinking about this backwards. Still, I'm surprised by how far outside the usual range Leander is.


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