Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Leander Paes in team for Rio 2016, selction panel overrules Bopanna’s choice

Narada Desk | June 11, 2016 2:43 pm Print
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes will play his record 7th Olympics. The 43 year- old Paes will partner Rohan Bopanna in the men's doubles. The selection panel while selecting Paes snubbed Bopanna's choice Saketh Myneni as his doubles partner
Leander Paes

Indian tennis legend and doubles specialist Leander Paes’ dreams of playing in a record seventh straight Olympics came true  after he was named with Rohan Bopanna as the Indian men’s doubles team in Rio Olympics. Bopanna and Sania Mirza were picked for the mixed doubles.

After the selection committee met here, All India Tennis Association President Anil Khanna said: “Men’s doubles more fortunate with Bopanna in top 10 and Paes at 46.”

Bopanna recently  took everyone by surprise when he chose to partner young Saketh Myneni over Paes.

“Bopanna respects Paes, he has given us his reasons why he would prefer Myneni,” Khanna told the media.

Paes recently completed a career slam after winning the French Open mixed doubles along with Swiss great Martina Hingis at Roland Garros 2016.

The AITA had to do tough balancing act and ensured that the best team goes to Rio Olympics 2016. The fiasco at London 2012  is fresh in everyone’s mind . The nation paid the price for the spat , The AITA was keen to avoid the simillar drama.

IANS

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