My next aim is an Olympic medal in doubles: Paes

Updated: 03 February 2012 21:28 IST

After completing his career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open, India's veteran tennis star Leander Paes is aiming to win his second Olympic medal in the London Olympics later this year.

Mumbai:

After completing his career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open, India's veteran tennis star Leander Paes is aiming to win his second Olympic medal in the London Olympics later this year.

"My next aim is an Olympic medal in doubles. It would be the epitome of my career. I want to win the medal for my flag and my people," said Paes, who had won a singles bronze medal at Atlanta Olympics.

Paes won the Australian Open men's doubles trophy with Radek Stepanek and ended runners-up in the mixed doubles event with Elena Vesnina.

Talking about his split with Mahesh Bhupathi, Paes said it was necessary for both of them.

"Mahesh and I split because we both needed younger legs to play with with. I hadn't won a single Grand Slam last year, and I was desperate to win one. It wasn't happening with Mahesh," said the 38-year-old after returning home from Melbourne.

Paes said he also wants to complete a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

Topics : Tennis Leander Paes Olympics 2012
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