Video: Leander Paes calls Roger Federer one of the biggest pranksters in tennis fraternity
The Indian tennis ace also said that he misses spending his birthdays with his family
Paes gave a number of labels to other players as well, saying that Novak Djokovic has a sharp mind, labeled Boris Becker as a cool guy, while saying that Pete Sampras is the perfect introvert.
In a recent interview with Gaurav Kapur on the show Breakfast with Champions, Leander Paes credits Andre Agassi as being a happy-go-lucky guy and shares an interesting experience during 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when both their fathers were seated together and supposedly mocking them.
Paes goes on to confess that the bronze medal which he won in the 1996 Olympics has been the highest point in his illustrious career. He also reflects upon the dark phases of his career, particularly during 2003 when he was diagnosed with Brain tumour and throws light on the rehabilitation processes that involved huge expenses.
Paes takes great pride in his achievements when youngsters proclaim him as their role model.
In an interesting anecdote, Paes recalled that he regretted not celebrating his birthday at home since the age of 12, and in recent times, he tries to make sure he spends every Christmas with his family.
He was reminiscent of a strange incident in Germany, when he slept in a locker room and even contemplated giving up on the game on a couple of times.
Leander Paes has been a great ambassador of Indian Tennis. With 18 Grandslam titles to his name, Paes still remains one of the most successful athletes in the country. He still has it in him to play at the highest level, which demands extreme fitness standards.
At 44, Paes could still go on for another 2-3 years, with his love for the game never seeming to diminish anytime soon.