View Full Version : I know it's ATP - but best wishes to Leander Paes

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:44 PM
Paes Admitted to Hospital--Out of USOpen
Posted on 8/19/2003 at 5:24 PM

Leander Paes To Withdraw From U.S. Open For Medical Reasons

Leander Paes, 1996 Olympic Tennis Bronze Medal Winner and 2003 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion with Martina Navratilova, has been admitted to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Paes checked himself into the emergency room of a local hospital near his home, on Sunday, Aug. 17, after suffering from severe headaches for three days.

After an initial brain CT scan and MRI, Leander was told that he has a lesion in the left occipital region of the brain. This morning, doctors transferred him to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando where an expert medical team has been assembled. At this time, multiple tests are being conducted to determine the specific cause of this lesion. The results are expected within a few days, during which time Leander will remain hospitalized. A brain tumor has not been ruled out.

Leander and his family are trying to cope with this sudden setback and family members are en route to the United States. Leander's father, Dr. Vece Paes, prays that the tumor is not cancerous and states that all the good wishes and prayers by his fans are appreciated.

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:45 PM
I hope it is nothing serious and that he is well soon.

It has been great to see him help Martina Navratilova back to Grand Slam glory this year.


Aug 19th, 2003, 10:46 PM
Yep, he seems like a cool person. Best wishes to him..

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:47 PM
Hope he's ok. Great year for him with 2 slam mixed titles with Martina. Wonder who she'll play with now.

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:48 PM

Get well soon Leander :kiss: I hope it's nothing too serious and that he's fine!

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:51 PM
awwwwwwwww :sad: :sad:

Get well soooon Leander !!

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:52 PM
Oh no! Please let it not be too serious. He and Martine are a great team. All the best to him.

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:56 PM
Ouhg. I saw Leander play in Charleroi back in 2000. He's very entertaining to watch.
Hope he recovers soon.

Aug 19th, 2003, 10:59 PM
Awww...I like Leander. :worship:

Best of luck!! Hope you have a speedy recovery! :D
We'll miss you out on the courts. :sad:

Venus Forever
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:03 PM
Poor Leander!! :sad: :sad: :sad:

Get well soon. :)

Aug 19th, 2003, 11:24 PM
omg. I hope it will turn out to be nothing serious. Best wishes to him and his family.

auntie janie
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:26 PM
Oh no! My prayers are with him. :sad:

Thanks for the news, Mark.

Aug 19th, 2003, 11:28 PM


Aug 20th, 2003, 12:01 AM
i loved watching him and martina win at wimbledon this year....he seems so genuinely warm and talented...all the best, leander!! :bounce:

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:50 AM
That's terrible. I wish him a very quick recovery and hope it turns out not to be serious. He is a true gentleman.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:18 AM
Get Well soon , Leander

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:40 AM
Leander :sad: Aap jaldi achche ho jao :kiss: :)

Aug 20th, 2003, 03:49 AM
Just the saddest news :sad: :sad:
Hope it doesn't get any worse than it already is.
My thoughts & prayers are with him & his family :sad: :sad:

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:10 AM
yes, prayers for Leander for a speedy recovery!!! :sad:

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:13 AM

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:27 AM
:sad: How shocking and upsetting. Best wishes to Leander. Let's hope that he recovers and can make it back on the court. :sad:

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:34 AM
omg poor Leander
hope he makes a full recovery.

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:45 AM
Wishing you the best Leander:wavey:

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:59 AM
:sad: Poor Leander!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery :kiss:

Aug 20th, 2003, 08:35 AM
Best of luck to him - he's a really nice guy.

Aug 20th, 2003, 09:26 AM
Get well soon Leander :D

Aug 20th, 2003, 10:15 AM
What a shock :sad: I hope everything turns out fine. Wishing you the best Leander :hug:

Aug 20th, 2003, 10:52 AM
Poor Leander, this is awful. He is such a great person, a real character on court. Get well soon!

Mateo Mathieu
Aug 20th, 2003, 10:59 AM
Get well soon, Leander :hug:

Aug 20th, 2003, 11:04 AM
Get well soon Leander, hope it isn't anything serious.

Aug 20th, 2003, 11:05 AM
Get well soon Leander ...

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:43 PM
Get well soon Leander.... :sad:

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:52 PM
that totally sucks :mad:

I hope it will turn out not to be too serious!

Gabe Luis
Aug 20th, 2003, 03:44 PM
I was moved by his kindness during the acceptance speech at Wimbledon and in the articles after the win at the Australian Open. He and Martina seem to have a strong bond, and I imagine that this will hit her hard.

I join everyone in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

Aug 20th, 2003, 03:50 PM
Omg Leander! :sad: :sad: :sad:

get well soon sweetie! :kiss:

Aug 20th, 2003, 05:13 PM
Man, this is the worst news I've heard all day. Best wishes to Leander and his family.

Thanks to Mark for posting this article.

Aug 20th, 2003, 09:20 PM
Paes is stable: Orlando hospital chief

August 20, 2003 22:59 IST

India doubles ace Leander Paes, who has been diagnosed as having a cyst in the brain, is stable, the doctor attending said.

"Paes is stable. We are testing mainly for bacterial infection," Clarence Brown, the President Chairman of the MD Anderson Cancer Centre said on Wednesday.

The 30-year old Paes first checked himself into an emergency facility near his Orlando home on Sunday after experiencing severe headache for three days.

Tests revealed a lesion in left occipital region of the brain and he was subsequently moved to MD Anderson hospital.

Brown refused to make any further comments but did not rule out the possibility of a tumor.

"It would not be proper to make any comments before the results are known, but a tumor is not ruled out," he said.

Brown said the results would be known in the next 24 hours.

Aug 20th, 2003, 09:22 PM
'Leander feeling much better'

Ashish Magotra | August 20, 2003 13:00 IST
Last Updated: August 20, 2003 13:12 IST

Indian tennis ace Leander Paes, who is being treated for a brain lesion at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, is now feeling much better.

Paes complained of severe headaches, dizzy spells and visual disturbances while playing the Toronto Open.

As a precautionary measure, he was asked to get a full medical check-up. After an initial brain CT scan and MRI, Paes was told he has a lesion in the left occipital region of the brain.

His elder sister Jackie, speaking exclusively to rediff.com, said nothing has been confirmed as yet.

"The symptoms have subsided and Leander is feeling much better," she added.

As of now, the 30 year old is under observation by a team of doctors led by Dr Anthony Scarcella (the co-coordinating doctor), Dr Mian Razak (the brain neuro-surgeon) and Dr Brown.

Leander is fully conscious and has been communicating with his friends and family since Tuesday.

As a result of the diagnosis, he will not play any tennis till mid-September and miss both the US Open and Davis Cup tie against The Netherlands.

Dr Vece Paes, Leander's father, will leave for the United States today. He will meet the doctors in Orlando to get an accurate analysis of his son's condition.

Aug 20th, 2003, 09:28 PM
god bedring Leander :yeah:

Aug 20th, 2003, 09:33 PM
get well soon Leander