Rio Olympics 2016: London Games revisited, Rohan Bopanna shuns Paes to pick 125th ranked Myneni

| Friday, June 10, 2016 - 13:21
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"Without a shadow of doubt, me and Rohan are the best team," Paes had said.

New Delhi: Rohan Bopanna on Friday picked Saketh Myneni instead of ace Leander Paes for the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016.

As per reports, world number 10 Bopanna, in a letter to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) expressed his desire to partner with Myneni, ranked 125, instead of the legendary Paes.

The letter to AITA read: "Proud to have earned a direct acceptance to men's doubles," the world number 10 Bopanna said. Bopanna has earned a direct entry to Rio Olympics courtesy his top-10 ranking.

"I have earned the right to exercise my judgement on my partner for Rio Olympics. Look forward to AITA supporting me in the lead up to the Rio Games," Bopanna further wrote ahead of the selection meet on Saturday to pick the team for Rio.

Paes had earlier expressed his desire to partner with Bopanna. He had said, “We definitely don't want a repeat of London.” Bopanna had preferred to partner Mahesh Bhupathi in men's doubles thus forcing Paes to go into the London Games with rookie Vishnu Vardhan.

"We are playing at a very high level. My career speaks for itself and Rohan has also been doing well in last 18 months. We both are ready and without a shadow of doubt, me and Rohan are the best team," Paes added.

The reports come in despite Paes being the only Olympic medallist for India in the sport. Paes had won a bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Games. The old war horse also boasts of a magnificent record of eight Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. Paes was a quarter finalist in the 2012 London Games.

Bopanna’s best outing in a Grand Slam was in 2010 when the 36-year-old reached the finals of the US Open with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi but lost to Bryan brothers Mike and Bob.

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i think bopanna has got out

i think bopanna has got out of nuts he has'nt reached a grandslam final for 6 years in mens doubles did,nt win one.But he is still in top 10 and could not reach beyond quaterfinals he should try to learn from paes. i think bopanna is zero compared to paes. paes has won a astounding 18 grandslams but bopanna is nowwhere near him.

Yes boss you are 500% right

Bopanna should be world no 1 in politics no in tennis


What a shame, Bopanna! Come to the ground ...

Bopanna seems to be jealous

Bopanna seems to be jealous of the success Paes has enjoyed. Is he seriously playing for the country

Personal Ego over National Interest

There is no secret why someone can choose a novice over a 18 times Grand slam champ for a massive event like Olympics. I have no intention to look after Saketh's records, that's leads to nowhere. Bopanna's strategy is very simple. Partner with Sania and see if she can manage a medal for him and in men's doubles, just take away Leander's chance of winning the medal. Bopanna himself knows what its going to be with Saketh. I feel pity for Bopanna, he could have concentrated more on his game partnering with the best player from India rather than participating on cheap politics Mahesh Bhupati introduced long back.

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