Leander Paes' dream of a doubles gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 is unlikely to be true if Mahesh Bhupathi quits competitive tennis next summer. According to a newspaper report, Bhupathi may hang his boots next year after 18 gruelling years on the international circuit.
A former world No. 1 in doubles, Bhupathi's recent form has been far below his lofty standards. The owner of 12 Grand Slam crowns has lost in the first round in the last three tournaments he has played, clearly showing signs of fatigue as he crisscrosses the globe every week.
Speaking to a leading newspaper in Beijing on Monday, Bhupathi said: "I'm winding down. I'm playing the weeks I can play, going to the tournaments I want to go to before I call it a day next summer. I might still play a tournament or two this year and then a handful next year. I haven't yet decided which events and with whom I'll be playing."