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- Updated: June 7, 2009
South Africa’s former Wimbledon doubles champion, Wesley Moodie, and his Belgian partner Dick Norman lost in the final of the French Open to India’s Leander Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy, 3-6 6-3 6-2. Moodie is part of the recently announced OPEX Elite Road to London 2012 provisional squad.
But South African Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager, who 24 hours earlier had revealed that Moodie has declared himself available for the crucial World Group play-off against India in September after a year’s absence from the competition, was over the moon about Moodie’s performance and current form.
‘It’s great news to have Wesley back in the mix for the Davis Cup,’ said De Jager, ‘particularly in view of India’s powerhouse doubles combination of Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. What is more,’ the South African Davis Cup captain told Sapa, ‘Wesley gave a commendably efficient and consistent display in the final and showed he is right up there among the world’s leading doubles players.’
Paes, is a former world number one doubles player and was winning his fifth Grand Slam men’s doubles title, a great achievement considering he suffered life-threatening cancer five years ago and it was feared he might never play tennis again.
But he made a dramatic recovery and returned to win Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and in mixed doubles with tennis icon Martina Navritilova.
Navritolova, in the company of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, an obessive tennis fanatic, was an enthusiaric spectator as her former partner earned another niche to his illustrious career – and Moodie came within a whisker of adding the French doubles crown to the Wimbledon title he won in 2005.