India's tennis ace Leander Paes told NDTV on Friday that his aim is to claim an Olympic medal in the doubles section. The 38-year-old confessed that both he and former partner in Mahesh Bhupathi split because the objective of a medal required partnership with younger players.
"My next aim is an Olympic medal in doubles. It would be the epitome of my career. Also want to complete a career Grand Slam in Mixed Doubles," he said, having begun the year on a high after winning the men's double title in the recently concluded Australian Open. " I want to win the medal for my flag and my people," he added.
Paes partnered 31-year-old Radek to the crown Down Under and made it to the final of the mixed doubles with 25-year-old Elena Vesnina. "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," he said and added that even Bhupathi needed fresher legs to improve his game.