New Delhi, January 29: Veteran star Leander Paes regained his place in the top-50, courtesy a Challenger title at the Newport Beach event. He jumped 14 places to 47 in the latest doubles rankings, issued on Monday (January 29).
Congratulations to our 2018 @Oracle Challengers Series - Newport Beach Men's Doubles Champions! James Cerretani and @Leander Paes defeat Treat Huey and Denis Kudla 6-4, 7-5 in the final doubles match at the @OracleChallengers.#RoadToIndianWells— OracleTennis (@OracleTennis) January 27, 2018
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Paes had partnered American James Cerretani for the Newport Beach tournament, which fetched him 125 ranking points. They beat Treat Huey and Denis Kudla 6-4, 7-5 in the final.
Mr @Leander Paes has now won at least one professional tennis title for 27 consecutive years— J🎾NATHAN (@jokelley_tennis) January 29, 2018
Needless to say, Paes was pleased getting back into the top-50. "What a fun week in Newport and even better winning it!" Paes, 44, said on Twitter. "Thank you to my partner James and to the tournament for a great show.. also, looks like I'm sweating hearts now."
What a fun week in Newport and even better winning it! Thank you to my partner James and to the tournament for a great show.. also, looks like I’m sweating hearts now🤷🏽♂️ #top50againbaby pic.twitter.com/9AqRR3YG2I— Leander Paes (@Leander) January 29, 2018
This week, he is playing at the $125,000 Dallas event, for which he has partnered Briton Joe Salisbury.
Leander Paes is 44. Leander Paes is ageless. (🎥ESPN) pic.twitter.com/b3ZX8pq5yI— Carl Bialik (@CarlBialik) January 20, 2018
Rohan Bopanna is India's top-ranked doubles player at number 20 after losing a place and is followed by left-hander Divij Sharan, who has gained three places to get to a career- best 45.
In the singles, Yuki Bhambri, who qualified for main draw of the just-concluded Australian Open and lost in first round, gained eight places to be ranked 118.
Bhambri is followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan (140, +1), Sumit Nagal (218, -1), Prajnesh Gunneswran (244, +3) and N Sriram Balaji (391, +2).