Leander Paes felicitated on last day of Bengaluru Open

Updated: Feb 17, 2020, 12:08 IST | PTI | Hyderabad

Leander Paes was given a rousing farewell with stars from various sports including former hockey players

Leander Paes wears Mysore peta and holds a memento presented by former athletes during a felicitation event after he played his last match on the Indian soil, at the ATP Challenger tour's Bengaluru Open 2020. Pic/ PTI
Leander Paes wears Mysore peta and holds a memento presented by former athletes during a felicitation event after he played his last match on the Indian soil, at the ATP Challenger tour's Bengaluru Open 2020. Pic/ PTI

Bengaluru: Indian tennis legend Leander Paes, who played his last ATP event on home soil at the Bengaluru Open, was felicitated by former Olympians and sports persons at the KSLTA Stadium here on Sunday. Paes, who is playing his final year of professional tennis, and his Australian partner Ebden had lost to Indian pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men's doubles final on Saturday.

On Sunday, just before the singles finals, the 46-year-old Indian was given a rousing farewell with stars from various sports including former hockey players Jude Felix, V R Raghunath, Arjun Halappa, former track and field athlete Ashwini Nachappa and Davis Cupper Prahlad Srinath joining thousands of people who had gathered here.

All the athletes regaled the audience with their experiences with Paes, who was overcome with emotion. "All of you taught me how the passion for sport, dedication and hard work helps us to achieve success," said Paes while requesting the audience to give a standing ovation to the former athletes.

Also present on the ocassion were former swimmers Reshma and Nisha Millet, former heptathlete Pramila Aiyappa and former long jumper Reeth Abraham.

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