Leander Paes saddened by London Games row, blames Mahesh Bhupathi for 'split'

Leander Paes was turned down by Rohan Bopanna before the London Games as he wanted to be paired with Mahesh Bhupathi. Paes says the 'controversy' left him sad.

updated: April 28, 2014 11:42 IST
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New Delhi: He might be in seventh heaven after receiving the prestigious Padma Bhushan honour, but tennis ace Leander Paes is still rankled by the selection furore prior to the 2012 Olympics and holds Mahesh Bhupathi responsible for making the Games a "real sad" outing for him.

The build-up to the London Games was marred by a selection row as players resorted to bickering. A can of worms opened up when Rohan Bopanna refused to partner Paes in the event, insisting on teaming up with Bhupathi.

"Mahesh was the reason the last Olympics in London was a real sad one for me. Not only did they not give me a chance to get a medal, India lost an opportunity to get a medal. That's something that's gone down in history," Paes said.

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