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London my best but not last chance to win Olympic medal: Paes

sports Updated: Feb 05, 2012 19:10 IST
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Tennis star Leander Paes, who completed a career Grand Slam at the Australian Open last week, says that the London Games is probably his "best" but not the "last" chance to win a second Olympic medal.

"It could be the best chance but don't know if it's the last chance. For me, it's probably one of the best chances I have to win a medal in the doubles event at the London Olympics," Paes told PTI.

London Games, scheduled to begin in for July this year, will be sixth Olympics appearance for the 38-year-old Paes.

He became the first Indian to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open doubles title with Czech partner Radek Stepanek and ended runners-up in the mixed doubles event with Elena Vesnina.

Paes, who had won an Olympic bronze medal in singles in 1996 Atlanta Games, said he wants to win a career Slam in mixed doubles as well this year.

"Yes, it's very much the aim," he said.

The Indian tennis legend, however, evaded to answer the question on who he would partner for the London Games.

"I don't know who my partner is going to be. I just hope to get the best partner to win the medal, and not just be there to participate."

He said to represent the country in Olympics is a very special feeling.

"For me, it's very special to represent the country in Olympics. It's altogether more special when you play in your sixth Olympics. For me to go and play in my sixth Olympics, it's like I'll be few among the athletes whole world ever. It just shows the years of hardwork."