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Lee-Damm still good for two years: Dr Paes

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Sep 10 (UNI) Dr Vece Paes today said he was extremely happy at son Leander's Grand Slam-winning feat at the US open and felt the Indian ace has at least two more years in him to play the game.

Talking to UNI from Kuala Lumpur, Dr Paes, who is accompanying the national hockey team, said, ''I am extremely happy and proud of Leander. For the last two years he had not won any grand slam and I hope this title would spur him to scale greater heights.'' Last evening, Paes and his Czech partner Martin Damm defeated Jonas Bjorkman and Max Myrni 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 at the Flushing Meadows to win the US Open doubles crown.

Dr Paes said as long as Paes and Damm maintain their fitness they could still go on to win a few more titles over the next two years.

He said he had spoken to his son and most probably the birth of Paes' baby daughter Anna has helped him regain his focus and play better tennis.

Paes's mother Jennifer told UNI that she was thrilled at her son's achievement and wished both him and Damm all the best for the coming years. She also said Paes was always excited about becoming a father and now that things were settled he had regained his focus on tennis.

Paes has dedicated the US open to his daughter. He has now won four doubles grand slam titles and has three mixed doubles title taking his grand slam tally to seven.


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