The All Indian Tennis Association (AITA) is seized with a crisis of its own making after pairing Paes and Bhupathi together for London, bonding two men who are not even on speaking terms after a second harsh split last year.
Bhupathi had endangered to skip London if separated from his usual partner Rohan Bopanna, who incidentally was Paes’ chosen choice for the Games.
Paes said in a statement “I have always maintained that I will play with whoever the selection committee and AITA choose and this continues to be my stand.”
Paes added that “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.”
In the meantime, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has asked the AITA to make a report on their selection process.
IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra wrote in his letter to Khanna “As the contingent for the Olympics is going under IOA’s banner, I would appreciate it if you (AITA) could let me know the full details regarding this issue.”
“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.”