Indian tennis player Leander Paes has revealed what he would do once his career is over. He says that he plans to keep himself busy. Leander is currently preparing for his seventh appearance at the Olympics for India, said in an interview with Forbes India that he will be busy doing "motivational talks, TV and digital work, charity, autobiography, graphic novel and movies." Paes also plans to "use the platform he provided during his career to achieve greater things in his life."
The Indian is unsure when he will hang up his rackets. “One fine day, when I’ll wake up and feel I’m done, I will be done,” said Leander.
Paes has also talked about how he plans to reduce his playing time and focus only on the big tournaments and Grand Slams. "Every year that I sign up to play tennis; I know that it’s going to take Rs 2.5 crore to invest into my game. And unlike other professions, my salary is not guaranteed. This investment comes from my own pocket. And then I have to go out there, earn my money back and make a profit to keep the profession lucrative. Unless I win big, I lose money every year."
Paes, who is currently ranked 51st in the ATP Doubles Rankings and has posted a 1-3 record this year, which has continued on from last year. With compatriot Rohan Bopanna high in the rankings, the duo should expect to make the Olympics in Rio easily, but it is not yet decided who has a better chance of winning a medal with female Indian superstar Sania Mirza. Leander has won a Bronze medal in the singles back in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games and the tennis star was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2014 and the Padma Shri in 2001.