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Taj London celebrates Spirit of Tennis with legendary Leander Paes

Taj London celebrates Spirit of Tennis with legendary Leander Paes

Indian tennis legend Leander Paes celebrated his induction into the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 at the annual Wimbledon celebration hosted by the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, and St. James’ Court A Taj Hotel in London over the weekend.

Paes, an 18-time Grand Slam winner, shared his journey and passion for the sport of tennis – now leading the charge for India in the sport’s Hall of Fame. Paes boasts an illustrious career spanning over three decades, with Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles, a Wimbledon victory, a Bronze medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s high civilian awards.

He said: “My most important dream was to represent India in the Olympics and to prove that we Indians can be Olympic champions.

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“Tennis has been the greatest joy of my life, it’s guided me like a North Star through all my ups and downs in my career. When I got that call from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, it was very special.”

The hotel showcased an array of its special canapés curated by its celebrated chefs, including Coriander Yuzu Cream Burgers, Onion Cakes, Heirloom Tomato Fanciers, and Mini Shepherd’s Pies. A Caviar Station and a selection of English cheeses and savouries added to the culinary extravaganza.

The special cocktail menu, available at the Taj as a Wimbledon offering until next week, featured unique creations such as the Backhand Blend (Bourbon Whiskey, Pimm’s, and vanilla), Deuce Spruce (Limoncello, yuzu, and celery), and the quintessential British classic, Pimm’s No. 1.

Mehrnavaz Avari, Area Director UK & General Manager of Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences and St. James’ Court London, A Taj Hotel, said: "The Taj has had the honour of hosting numerous Wimbledon champions over the years, and this is no exception.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Leander Paes, a 2024 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee and a Padma Bhushan awardee. Leander's connection with the Taj is one we hold dear. This legacy of Leander Paes with the Taj is something we truly cherish."

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