ndia's Davis Cup captain Leander Paes is to be featured as a superhero in a cartoon television series aimed at promoting an active lifestyle in children. Paes, a Cup stalwart who also won a singles bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, is to play a miracle man who helps school kids in each of the 26 half-hour episodes being planned, a leading newspaper reported on Monday.

Called "The Magic Racquet", the project will be a collaboration between Paes's company, Leander Sport Private Limited, and Mumbai-based Maya Entertainment Limited (MEL).

"It pains me when I see kids today spending a lot of time in from of TV sets and on unhealthy diets," Paes said.

"As a father and a national sports figure, I feel it is my duty to impart love for sports and an active lifestyle so the next generation can develop the mindset of champions, both on and off the field," he added.

Paes, a multiple grand slam winner in doubles, is his country's best known tennis player and a medal hope at the Beijing Olympics in August.

A date has not been set for the launch of the series.