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In a sport where adaptability is key, Leander Paes still chooses to do things the old-school way

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Leander Paes

Dhruv Munjal 

The scene of perhaps Leander Paes's greatest tennis triumph was not the immaculate green grass of Wimbledon or the grimy clay of Roland Garros. It was the most unlikely venue: the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. It was April 2006 and India was playing Pakistan in the Davis Cup for the first time in 33 years.

Once a shining colonial sporting landmark but now a largely unused cricket space, a part of the Brabourne Stadium was cordoned off and converted into a makeshift tennis court. By the third afternoon, the tie was delicately poised at 2-2. Just the previous day, Paes and Mahesh ...

First Published: Sat, June 18 2016. 00:25 IST
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