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“I find that the greatest joy I get is to bring happiness to people, especially young children,” Paes said. “I guess that’s what my life is about. It’s about community. It’s about people.”

A practicing Buddhist, Paes always lives in the moment. He does not think about the fact that after the Kastles’ season ends he will have just three days off before undertaking a busy tournament schedule that includes the U.S. Open and the Davis Cup.

Instead, he will prepare for one last home match Thursday within sight of the Capitol, his favorite monument in Washington. During the playoffs in Charleston, S.C., this weekend, he will look for his second MVP trophy and league championship in three years, having won both in 2009.

Apparently he didn’t need a year to figure out the WTT.

“Having MVP and winning the championship for Washington in the first year was just icing on the cake,” Paes said. “That is something that will always stand out for me. Sure, I’m always here every year to try to win championships. But my first-year experience is pretty tough to beat, isn’t it?”