Leander Paes, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, expressed gratitude for being selected in the Olympic team.

"To play for the flag has always been the greatest inspiration for me. I am humbled by the love showered upon me by the people.

Their overwhelming and unconditional support has been my pillar of strength and motivation," Paes said in a statement. "The honour to represent India at Rio Olympics 2016 is a dream come true.

I am thankful to the All India Tennis Association for bestowing me this opportunity to wear the tri-colour on my heart once again," he said.