Monday, 18 June 2012

Peas Ready to Partner Bhupathi

Leander Peas is prepared to team up with friend-turned-foe Mahesh Bhupathi for the London Olympics despite his personal preference to partner someone else. Bhupathi had threatened to skip London if separated from his regular partner Rohan Bopanna. 

“I have always maintained that I will play with whoever the selection committee and AITA choose and this continues to be my stand” Peas said in a statement late on Saturday.

“It is a well known fact that when asked by the AITA, I have expressed my preference to play with Rohan Bopanna as my partner in the Olympics 2012, based on his physical fitness and big serve” added Peas. The top 10 ranking give Peas direct entry while Bopanna is ranked 12th and Bhupathi 14th. 

Even though Bhupathi is adamant that India should field two doubles teams in London, saying he and Bopanna have qualified as a partnership based on their rankings, AITA is unlikely to budge.

“Mahesh should show some maturity”, AITA president Anil Khanna told the reporters on Saturday.

IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra wrote in his letter to Khanna. “Our whole focus at the moment should be to send the best medal prospects and I strongly believe that we have very good chance of winning a medal in tennis this time”.

Keywords:- Leander Peas, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Bhupathi had threatened to skip London.

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