Leander Paes Wants Bopanna For Rio, Calls It “Best Medal Prospect”

Leander Paes makes his picks for a partner at the Rio Olympics next year.

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At an event in Delhi, Leander Paes shared his picks for a partner at the Rio Olympics next year. (Photo: PTI)

Indian tennis ace Leander Paes on Wednesday once again announced his willingness to partner Rohan Bopanna at the Rio Olympics in 2016, saying their pairing would be the best chance for India to grab a medal.

Pretty obvious in the men’s doubles that Rohan and myself have the best chance of going out there and winning the medal. With Rohan and myself playing doubles for India, I think we have a great chance of grabbing a medal.
Leander Paes

Four years back in London, Paes had to partner Vishnu Vardhan and they lost in the second round. He then combined with Sania Mirza but bowed out to the eventual mixed doubles champions Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

I had wanted to play with him in London. In the grass courts it was a great platform for us to do well.
Leander Paes
(Photo: IANS)
(Photo: IANS)

The 42-year-old believes based on current performance he and Mirza should be sent to represent the country in the mixed doubles event.

With Sania Mirza, I played at London, we lost to the eventual champions, Azarenka, Mirnyi. We had a great chance in that game too. We have both had good seasons, so on merit it is an obvious choice to let me and Sania go. But after what happened in London I don’t think anything can be taken for granted
Leander Paes

Both Mahesh Bhupathi and Bopanna refused to play doubles with Paes, after which the national tennis federation persuaded Sania Mirza to play with the veteran Kolkatan. And Paes paired up with lowly ranked Vardhan.

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