Leander Paes and Cara Black were two of the greatest mixed doubles players in tennis history. Together, they won three Grand Slam titles as well as multiple other tournaments and their partnership was marked by its chemistry, skill, and passion for the game.
How they met
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Paes and Black first joined forces at the US Open in 2008, when they decided to partner up at that tournament. Although both had won Grand Slam titles before with other partners, something clicked between them on court; eventually defeating Liezel Huber and Jamie Murray 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 for their inaugural win at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Their Grand Slam glory
Paes and Black continued playing together after their US Open win, reaching the final of both Australian Open (where they lost to Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi) as well as reaching semifinals at French Open and Wimbledon that year.
In 2010, they came back strong by winning two more Grand Slam titles. First at the Australian Open final against Ekaterina Makarova and Jaroslav Levinsky (7-5, 6-3) they defeated. Later at Wimbledon they faced Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond before defeating them 6-4, 7-6 (5) for victory.
Black and Paes legacy
Paes and Black are widely recognized as one of the greatest mixed doubles teams ever assembled, boasting 12 titles across three Grand Slam tournaments, four Masters 1000 tournaments and five other events between 2008 and 2010. Furthermore, they reached both finals of WTA Tour Championships twice in 2008 and 2010.
Paes and Black have accomplished the career Grand Slam in mixed doubles – that is, they have each won all four majors at least once during their careers. Paes has won eight mixed doubles titles with five different partners while Black has collected five with four different partners during this Open Era period – both feats are among only a select few players worldwide who have accomplished such an accomplishment.
Paes and Black have made history for their respective countries as tennis players. Paes is considered the greatest Indian tennis player ever, having won 18 Grand Slam titles (8 in men’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles) plus an Olympic bronze medal in singles competition and being the only Indian to ever have won Wimbledon title in any event. Meanwhile Black was Zimbabwe’s most successful tennis player ever winning 10 Grand Slam titles (five women’s doubles titles and 5 mixed doubles titles); she was even former world No.1 in both women’s doubles and mixed doubles doubles competitions!
Paes and Black have inspired generations of young players both in their own countries as well as overseas through their achievements in tennis. Their feats have shown that tennis can unite people from diverse backgrounds and cultures while showing that age should never stand in the way of success – both have achieved Grand Slam glory well into their forties!
Paes and Black are not only champions, but also tremendous ambassadors of tennis. They have represented it with grace, dignity, and respect for both opponents and fans, as well as contributing to various social causes including supporting children’s education and health initiatives. Their accomplishments on and off the court have earned them numerous awards and recognitions over their careers.
Paes and Black are an exceptional pair in tennis. Together they have combined their talents, personalities, and values into an extraordinary partnership that has left an indelible mark on the sport – giving us many memorable moments of joy, drama, and excitement with their performances – truly being one of its golden pairs!