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Is Leander Paes at the end?

Leander Paes is 46 now, his ATP doubles ranking is 82.

His record on the year is 11-14 but he’s lost his first match at his last four tournaments with four different partners, Marius Copil in Atlanta Jack Sock in Citi Open, Jonathan Erlich in Winston Salem and Guillermo Duran at US Open, where they lost to Kecmanovic/Ruud 57 26.

Paes and Marcus Daniell had a semifinal run at Newport, losing to Granollers/Stakhovsky, 9-11 in the super breaker.

Wimbledon was a heartbreaker for Paes and Benoit Paire, as they lost a marathon to Bublik/Kukushkin after a two set lead, 64 76 36 67 79.

It seems Paes is either injured from US Open or he’s struggling to find partners to play with. He’s played with virtually everyone in pro tennis, amassing over 100 different partners in his career, which totals 54 ATP doubles titles (eight in mens doubles, ten mixed).

Could it be that the ageless wonder Indian Leander Paes is finally finished? Paes has shared ATP courts since 1991, when he turned pro, with the likes of Anand Amritraj, Patrik Rafter, Shuzo Matsuoka, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Marcelo Rios, Ramesh Krishnan, Goran Ivanisevic, Bjorn Borg (1993 in Zaragoza, Spain in doubles), Tommy Ho, all the way to current stars like Alex deMinaur, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, etc.

It would be folly to count Paes out. He wants to play another Olympics in Tokyo 2020, which would be his seventh (he’s played from 1992 in Barcelona to 2016 Rio, winning one bronze in singles in 1996.).

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