Bengaluru: Simply earlier than the singles finals of the Bengaluru Open, tennis legend Leander Paes who’s on his swan tune and performed his final ATP occasion on Indian soil on Saturday, was given a rousing farewell on the KSLTA Stadium with former Olympians and sports activities internationals felicitating the nation’s tennis icon.
There have been athletes who started their profession concurrently Paes however had hung their boots whereas Paes who has had a distinguished profession spanning 30 years and adorned with many awards, is taking part in in his final yr.
Becoming a member of over a 1,000 folks had been stars from varied sports activities together with Jude Felix, Raghunath Vakkliga, Arjun Halappa (all hockey), Reshma and Nisha Millet (Swimming), Pramila Aiyappa, Ashwini Nachappa, Reeth Abraham (athletes) and Davis Cupper Prahlad Srinath.
All of the athletes regaled the viewers with their expertise with Paes who was overcome with emotion.
“All of you taught me how the passion for sport, dedication and hard work helps us to achieve success,” mentioned Paes whereas requesting the viewers to offer a standing ovation to the previous athletes.