NEW DELHI: Indian tennis officials criticised two players for refusing to team up with Leander Paes, the country’s top doubles seed, at the Olympics. Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi have both turned down the offer to play with Paes, with the All India Tennis Association (AITA) facing a deadline to name its final pairings by Thursday. Paes and Bhupathi have represented India at four previous Olympics, but fell out in a public row. Bopanna and Bhupathi want to play together but the AITA said in a statement that it was wrong for them to reject the chance to play with the higher ranked Paes.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2012.
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