NewsX Exclusive: Paes should call it quits, says Vijay Amritraj

| Friday, June 10, 2016 - 18:21
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New Delhi: In an exclusive interview with NewsX , Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj criticised the recent French Open mixed doubles winner Leander Paes and said the tennis star is unnecessarily prolonging his career.

Amritraj said that Paes has well past his prime and said “no one these days watches doubles tennis as it is not interesting”.

Vijay Amritraj, a tennis legend of the country and also a sports commentator, when asked where he places Leander in Indian Tennis history and his record 7th participation in Olympics, here is what he said:

"I don’t know what events he (Leander) is participating in. Doubles are of no value, no interest. It occupies not even a column in international tennis. It’s sad to see him and other Indians only compete in doubles. Doubles tennis is neither watched nor followed much globally. Neither it generates interests nor it’s challenging or of high quality."

Paes, the 42-year-old veteran recently completed his Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles tennis by winning the 2016 French Open with his tennis partner Martina Hingis and is now looking forward to represent the country in the upcoming Olympics.

This statement from a former sports person of the same seed can be very discouraging for the French Open winner and hamper is performance in the coming Games.

Let’s just hope Leander responds to this with some more titles in the coming tournaments.

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Dare to comment boss

Peas is like a ball if hit with criticism he will reply with trophy...........amritraj sucks

First you quit from commentary

Pls quit early may be your jealous regarding paes achievements at this age

Vijayashankar Amritraj on Doubles

I am disappointed with Vijayashankar Amritraj's comment that Doubles is not worth watching. I disagree. Doubles is a different art and makes an excellent entertainment. Because good players focus more on the financially lucrative singles it may look less challenging. Vijay is making a political statement and actually insulting his mentor and elder brother Anand who was also a better doubles player.

Completely agree with Vijay Amritraj

With all due respect to Paes's achievements,I couldn't agree with Vijay Amritraj more.He's always spoke about tennis in the country's best interests.Even though I've followed tennis a lot, I could never understand why so many promising Indian tennis singles junior players fade away from playing singles to completely focus on doubles which always plays and has always played second fiddle to singles in all grand slam events.From an Indian perspective just because a few Indians are playing, it creates national interest but on a global or international level, trust me, nobody bothers.I, being, a keen tennis follower and lover always would want to see the next Indian tennis player who's won grand slam titles playing singles.

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