Leander Paes on Monday, answer the questions related to the negativity around him and said that it was just a propaganda spread by his “highly jealous” competitors. Paes said that he did not care about these propagandas as he is busy cementing his place in the history books. Talking to media, Paes said that in this part of his career, competitors are highly jealous as they do not understand the requirements for achieving 18 grand slams and 7 Olympics.
Paes, after India 0-5 defeat to Spain in the Davis Cup had said that India hadn’t picked up the right team for the last two Olympics. Following this statement, Paes had received flak from both Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna on Twitter. Mirza had gone on to call him a toxic person, while Bopanna had accused him of hogging the limelight by blaming fellow players.
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) September 18, 2016
At it again!! …the usual ploy to stay in the news by slanging fellow players in media. #Patriotism
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) September 18, 2016
He also said that these competitors couldn’t achieve the feats he has reached even if they were provided with 10 lifelines. Paes said that he doesn’t deal with these negativities around him that aim at creating a bad perception of him in the public. pass understands that the there is bound to be some negativity given the reach of social media, and he respects those who are honest, irrespective of their opinions.
Paes said that his competitors are trying to tarnish his name instead of working hard for their own success. Paes seemed highly nonchalant as he talked about the history books showing his name, irrespective of what the media or his competitors said. Paes has been involved in a lot of controversies surrounding his relationship with fellow Indian players. he had also grabbed the limelight for the case regarding the court case about his daughter’s custody.
Leander Paes is India’s most successful; tennis player with 18 grand slams and an Olympic bronze medal. While many have questioned as to why he keeps on playing at the age of 43 even after achieving all he has, Paes said that it is definitely not for money as he spends around Rs 3 crore per year while travelling for doubles and mixed doubles and there is no organisation in India that pays for players. there is also no guaranteed salary, he added. Paes also noted that he has played for a long time and has had a very successful career. He has achieved a lot for the country and certainly earned his right to keep playing.