Will not be available for Olympics if paired with Paes: Bhupathi to NDTV

Mahesh Bhupathi is clearly disappointed with the All India Tennis Association's decision to pair him up with Leander Paes in the men's doubles team for the London Olympics.

updated: June 15, 2012 18:28 IST
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New Delhi: Indian selectors have picked a Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupati combination as the country's one men's doubles tennis team for the London Olympics, but Bhupathi has said he can't go.

An upset Bhupathi told NDTV: "I have already told the All India Tennis Association (AITA) that I will not be available to play the Olympics if I am paired with Leander. I haven't even spoken to Leander since November." Hesh, as the Indian star is popularly known, wants to be sent with his regular doubles partner Rohan Bopanna. "Rohan and I would have been the best pairing and we have repeatedly told the AITA that."

Bhupathi and Bopanna have also issued a joint statement, slamming the AITA's decision. "To not send one of the best tennis teams in the world to the Olympics - and to, instead, choose to nominate one that has had four previous unsuccessful attempts - fails to put the interests of the nation first," the statement said.

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