What do people outside of India think of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi?

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  1. tenniswriter

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    As tennis players. I know in India they are respected and pretty much idolised because, well, they're the only ones who've had so much success on tour, even if it's just in doubles. But what do people outside of India think of them as players?
     
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    I don't know much about them, but I did see Leander Paes in real life in Brisbane tournament once... I saw him practicing.. he seems to be a bit of an unfriendly guy... Looking at him I got the impression that he thinks he is too good (or has a high opinion of himself? is that the word?)...
     
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    Eh, no one in India gives a flying jock about them, either. It's all Tendulkar.
     
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    They're good at doubles....that's about all I know/care to know.
     
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    As an afganistani I love paes and bhupathy..Only people whom I despise are Americans..It's not easy sitting in a cave and replying.We need FREEDOM!:twisted:
     
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    You're as Indian as a Bengali Tiger.
     
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    They're good doubles players, that's about it.
     
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    I met him a few times when he was still a junior player and he most definitely had a sense of entitlement and smugness that was rare amongst players (people in general actually) but quite typical of the wealthy in India. He was a silver spoon child for sure but, to his credit, he's achieved a lot in tennis.
     
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    they were a very good doubles way back, and particularly Paes seemed to have very good hands and instinct for doubles.
     
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    are the Bryans ticket sellers in the u.s.? over here in europe, doubles at pro tournaments are usually played on the outside courts:( no tv coverage either
     
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    As far as I know Paes does not have a good reputation. A bit arrogant and full of himself. All the mess that happen for the Olympics basically happened because the other players can't stand him.

    A good double player though ;-)
     
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    Lee is entertaining. I root for Lee-Radek.

    Bhu-Bop not so much.
     
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    You are Swiss, you liar, you Fedtar. :evil:
     
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    Two good doubles players, but Leander Paes seems to be an ass.
     
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    Don't hate us dude, I'm one of them...................just hate the Fedturds ok :twisted:
     
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    I have no feelings toward toward Paes and Bhupati as I don't know much about them but I used to string for Vijay Armitraj and his son Prakash and they were always kind and unpretentious. Both are gentleman and good men as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    Leander sat with my friends and me, bought us a round of drinks at a bar in Cincy back in 2007. He was very funny and very nice to us (5 women including 3 very attractive college students one of Indian descent). He said hello every time he saw us for the next few days, whether we were all together or separate. I think he even left us all tickets for one of the days. However, I know that his reputation is as stated above, pretty arrogant and very self centered. It seems that there are not a lot of players on tour who are friends with both Mahesh and Leander, it seems that eventually most people pick one side or the other.

    I've heard bits and pieces over the years and it seems that Mahesh is more popular among his peers. Although he can also act like a bit of a 'big deal', he seems a bit more laid back about it all. I've never met Mahesh in person.
     
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    Met Paes at the WTT finals at family circle not long ago. He was great, got the team together and signed my daughters tennis ball, got venus to come take a pic, etc.
     
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    Paes - Bhupathi should be a Ben & Jerry's ice-cream flavor. Its not like they've never had two tastes that don't go together in tub of ice-cream. :)

    Seriously though, they are a good representation of successful Indians. A mix of the good, bad and ugly. The good part is their talent and success. The bad: the big heads and arrogance. The ugly: all the drama that goes wherever Indian people go - there is just no getting along with each other with maturity and grace.

    I say that last part because the word 'Indian' itself is more of a legal definition - i.e born in the country of India or holder of an Indian passport (to a lesser extent, of Indian origin). Culturally we are all highly divided by region, language, religion, caste and class. So in a way, Paes and Bhupathi are not atypical of any two random Indians.
     
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