Leander Paes to do commentary for BBC Radio for Wimbledon

MUMBAI: This Wimbledon, tennis fans will see India's Davis Cup Captain and doubles champion Leander Paes in a new avatar. Along with former doubles champion Todd Woodbridge, Paes will for the first time join tennis legends Michael Stich and Pat Cash as part of BBC Radio Five Live's all-star team as the station heads to SW19 for Wimbledon 2006.

The expert tennis player who has earlier donned the responsibility of a TV presenter/commentator at the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and Chennai Open 2006, will now be heard on radio talking on the tournament.

Apart from Paes, the star team on BBC Radio includes presenters Simon Mayo and Clare Balding along with Annabel Croft, Frew McMillan, Tracy Austin, Judy Murray, all of who will give listeners commentaries on the best matches, top name interviews and analyses. The BBC's tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend will lead the commentary team with Iain Carter and Tony Adamson.

Paes says, "I am extremely pleased to be part of this super-star team at BBC Radio. Wimbledon has always held a special place in my heart and I am honoured to play the unique role of a radio commentator. I have enjoyed commentating on television in the recent past, and I am looking forward to this dual role!"

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