Paes in search of new doubles partner as Stepanek undergoes surgery

Leander Paes' doubles partner Radek Stepanek underwent spinal surgery on Monday and will be out for an indefinite period. Paes said Stepanek had a back problem from last year itself.

updated: January 29, 2013 21:47 IST
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New Delhi: As a back surgery has pushed Radek Stepanek out of action, veteran Indian tennis player Leander Paes is looking for a new partner for a certain part of the 2013 season.

Paes had won Australian Open with Czech Stepanek last year to complete a Career Slam but their title defence this year fell apart due to latter's injury as they were shocked in the first round by Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich.

Stepanek underwent a spinal surgery on Monday after withdrawing from next week's Davis Cup tie against Switzerland.

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