Don’t Want Another Fiasco Like London: Leander Paes

Paes has expressed that his pairing with Bopanna is the best option available for India in the Rio Olympics 2016.

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File photo of Leander Paes. (Photo: Reuters)

With his participation at the Rio Olympics still a question mark, Indian tennis star Leander Paes said that “we definitely don’t want a repeat of London”, after being asked about his Rio Participation.

Paes said that he is hoping that India will send its “best” team to the quadrennial extravaganza.

With Rohan Bopanna still not stating his choice of partner, all of it now boils down to AITA’s selection Committee meeting on June 11.

Paes was denied his choice of partner for the 2012 London Games and was forced to play with rookie Vishnu Vardhan since Bopanna preferred to partner Mahesh Bhupathi in the men’s doubles.

A lot of bad blood was created, and India returned without any medals. India have won only one Olympic medal in tennis, and it was Paes who won the bronze in the men’s singles at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Paes categorically stated that his pairing with Bopanna was the best option available for India.

However, he chose not to speak when asked why there was mistrust among the top Indian players – him, Sania Mirza and Bopanna.

“My silence says it all,” he replied with a smile.

The 42-year-old, who keeps rewriting the record books, said he himself was surprised that records keep tumbling in his glittering career.

Paes recently won his 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open, which also brought him level to the mixed doubles titles record of 10 with his “favourite” and legendary Martina Navratilova.

Bopanna, who reached the top 10, now has the autonomy to choose whoever he wants as his partner.

Paes is placed 46th on the chart and is India’s second-highest ranked doubles player after Bopanna.

(With inputs from PTI)

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