Leander Paes to Partner Rohan Bopanna at Rio 2016 Olympics
Veteran tennis player Leander Paes got the nod for his seventh Olympic appearance on Saturday after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) paired him with Rohan Bopanna for the men’s doubles competition despite the latter’s desire to team up with Saketh Myneni.
Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna to be reunited at the Rio Olympics. AFPLeander Paes and Rohan Bopanna to be reunited at the Rio Olympics. AFP
Announcing the squad for the Olympics, beginning August 5, AITA chief Anil Khanna said Bopanna will be pairing up with Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles event as had been demanded by the World No.1 in women’s doubles.
Sania will be teaming up with Prarthana Thombare in the women’s doubles event.
As was expected, the AITA rejected Bopanna’s request for Myneni as his partner, saying that India’s best chance for a medal at Rio lay in him teaming up with Paes, who won the French Open mixed doubles title earlier this month.