Paes to partner Nadal in Paris
New Delhi: Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes will partner Spanish great Rafael Nadal in the men’s doubles at the 3,288,530-euro ($3,629,033) Paris Masters to be played on the indoor hard courts of the Palais Omnisports in Bercy next week.
Paes on Thursday lost his quarter-final match at the Valencia Open partnering Polish Lukasz Kubot but will now look to reach the last stage of the Paris meet.
“Looking forward to playing with this Champion @RafaelNadal at the #Parismasters this coming week…#Legend,” the 42-year-old Paes tweeted on Friday, also attaching a photograph of the Spaniard.
Paes has had a fantastic year, having won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open mixed doubles titles with Swiss ace Martina Hingis.
On the other hand, 14-time Major winner Nadal has had an extremely poor year due to injuries, not winning a single Grand Slam tournament in a year for the first time since 2005.
Paris Masters is the ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. As the final tournament of the regular men’s tennis season, the cream of the crop will vie to win the prestigious title and clinch one of the remaining qualifying spots for the ATP World Tour Finals to be held in London from November 15 to 22.