Indian tennis player Leander Paes who played tennis for three decades has become the first Asian man to be nominated to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the player category.
He is one of the 6 nominees announced. The others who have been nominated in the player category are Cara Black, Ana Ivanovic, Carlos Moya, Daniel Nestor and Flavia Pennetta.
Paes is extremely thrilled to be nominated and he feels that his passion for tennis and the hard work that he put in for more than three decades is being recognised. He expressed his gratitude to all who played a role in his career from his parents, siblings, coaches and Davis Cup captains.
Former Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj has been nominated in the contributor category along with renowned journalist Richard Evans.
Paes is India’s only Olympic medalist in tennis as he won the bronze in the Atlanta Games.