12 September, New York
Leander Paes Saturday scripted history by notching up the US Open mixed doubles title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis to become the format’s most successful male player in the Open era.
The fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pair edged past unseeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4 3-6 10-7 in a tricky final to win their third Major title together this season.
With this win, the Paes-Hingis duo, which also won the Australian Open and the Wimbledon titles early this season, have become the first mixed doubles team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same year. 42 year old Paes has now won nine Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, surpassing compatriot and former partner Mahesh Bhupathi’s record of eight titles.
He is now behind only the legendary Martina Navratilova, who won 10 mixed doubles trophies. Of those 10, two came with Paes when they won Australian Open and the Wimbledon in 2003.
It was Paes’ 17th Grand Slam title overall and Hingis’ 19th.
Pesident Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated Leander Paes on winning the US Open mixed doubles title in New York.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis for the historic feat.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also congratulated Paes and Hingis.