Age only seems to bring the best out of Leander Paes.
The 35-year-old Indian with Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy won the French Open title, beating Wesley Moodie of South Africa and Belgium's Dick Norman.
After a first round exit from the Wimbledon, Paes and Dlouhy joined forces to claim the US Open against Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles.
It was Paes' 10th Grand Slam title. He also finished runners-up in mixed doubles with partner Cara Black in the Wimbledon and the US Open.
5. Subrata Paul (Football):
The Indian team goal-keeper rose from his turbulent past to take the country to a sensational 6-5 victory in a shootout over Syria for the Nehru Cup title.
With the win, India not only retained the ONGC Nehru Cup but the sport in the country also found a new hero.
In an amazing display of reflexes and anticipation Paul saved three spot kicks in the tie-breaker to take India home.
For someone who was involved in an unfortunate collision with Dempo striker Cristiano Junior which led to the Brazilian collapsing on the field and dying, his performance made him turn a new leaf.
Paul was also adjudged the Footballer of the Year by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the first goalkeeper to win the award.
Sports Year-ender 2009