Mirza’s record shows that India has succeeded with a doubles strategy to make a breakthrough in the competitive professional tennis world. Before her, the second most populous country in the world had the duo become the phenomenon of male tennis such as Mahesh Bhupati – Leander Paes, only inferior to the Bryan brothers of the United States (16 championship doubles).
With Bhupati (now 41), Paes (42) won 3 men’s doubles championships from 1999 to 2001 in a total of 8 Grand Slam doubles titles (both lost 4 other major finals). Buhpati won another men’s doubles championship with M. Mirnyi in the US Open in 2002. For the doubles, Buhpati (1.85 m tall) won 8/12 Grand Slam finals – a much higher rate than compatriot Paes, who only won 7/15 finals.
Despite this, Paes (1.78 m tall) is the closest person to be crowned in the mixed doubles when paired with Hingis winning the Australian Open final. Hingis – Paes also have a chance to win when finalists at Wimbledon 2015 night 12-7, met A. Peya (Austria)/T.Babos (Hungary). The secret of Paes’ success, the player who has partnered with more than 100 others, is to find a partner who can compensate for each other’s weaknesses.
Not only finding success in their careers, the three top Indian players mentioned above also contribute to the training of the next generation, although no small challenge. Mirza has its own academy. Bhupati sponsors a number of young talents – notably Sumit Nagal, who reached the young men’s final at Wimbledon 2015.
Then, Nagal followed the advice of his senior to study in Germany at the University Schuettler Waske tennis. He recently won the ITF Youth Group 1 championship at Offenbach (Germany) and last week won his first title at the Futures tournament in Hyderabad – India.
Above are just some of many double tennis legends that come from India. Hopefully, the article is informative for you!