Friday, June 22, 2012

India names two doubles pairings

Updated June 22, 2012 09:17:02

Mahesh Bhupathi and regular partner Rohan Bopanna will play together at the London Olympics after India's tennis association backtracked on a controversial decision to split up the pair.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) announced it will field two men's doubles teams in London, after a player revolt over the original decision to name Bhupathi and former partner Leander Paes, who no longer speak to each other, as the only pair.

Bhupathi, not on speaking terms with Paes after their second bitter split last year, had threatened to boycott the Games if he and Bopanna were separated.

Bopanna, too, rejected an AITA offer to partner Paes, whose top 10 ranking gives him direct entry.

Paes, who won three major doubles titles with Bhupathi in the late 1990s, will now partner Vishnu Vardhan, ranked outside the top 200 in doubles.


Tags: olympics-summer, sport, tennis, india

First posted June 22, 2012 09:17:02

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