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Doubles star Paes in stable condition

August 20, 2003
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Top doubles player Leander Paes is still suffering headaches from a brain lesion but is in stable condition, a cancer specialist said Wednesday.

``He is physically strong and currently able to exercise and perform yoga. His appetite is excellent,'' said Dr. Clarence H. Brown III, president and CEO of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. ``Leander is in excellent spirits.''

Paes, a winner of six Grand Slam doubles titles, pulled out of the doubles competition at this week's ATP tournament on Long Island and will not play in the upcoming U.S. Open.


The cause of Paes' illness is not known, Brown said, and possibilities include a brain abscess or a brain tumor. Test results could be available by Thursday.

``We are inclined to believe it is a small abscess caused by an infectious agent yet to be identified,'' Brown said.

If it is an infection, a treatment of antibiotics could have Paes back on the court within weeks.

``If this proves to be a tumor, the treatment will be entirely different and an estimate for full recovery cannot be stated at this time,'' Brown said.

Paes, 30, checked himself into a hospital near his Orlando home Sunday after suffering headaches for three days. A scan detected the lesion, and he was transferred to Anderson on Tuesday.

Paes has won 27 men's doubles titles, including the French Open in 1999 and 2001, and Wimbledon in 1999.

Paes teamed with Martina Navratilova last month to win the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon, her record-tying 20th championship at the All England Club. Paes and Navratilova also won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in January.

Paes also won the 1999 mixed doubles at Wimbledon and was a bronze medalist in tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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A guy at work's wife just had this similar thing. Turned out to be a brain absess caused by a bacterial infection from a routine teeth cleaning. She had to have surgery, was in hospital for 2 weeks, but is expected to be 100% in about 6 weeks.

Hope Leander can have some good news (well, not like it's "good", but just not bad.)

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hope the best for leander :)
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