New Delhi: Indian tennis stars Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will skip the Asian Games being held in the South Korean city of Incheon from September 19 to October 4, to focus on the professional circuit.
The participation of these players had remained a big question mark after top singles player Somdev Devvarman decided to miss the continental Games to focus on getting back into the top-100 in the world.
All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna on Wednesday said in a statement that Paes, Mirza and Bopanna's request to give the Asian Games a miss has been granted. They are now free to play Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) events which will help them in improving their rankings which will further enable them to take part in the year-ending tour finals. (It Was a Question of Bread and Butter: Leander Paes)