Qureshi rules out bitterness with Bopanna after split

Qureshi rules out bitterness with Bopanna after split

Qureshi, 31, joined hands with Bopanna in 2007, the time when Indo-Pak diplomatic relations were at a boiling point, and were together till the World Tour Final which concluded in London last week.

Their unique partnership was hailed and appreciated by different circles and was described as a symbol of friendship between the rival countries, Xinhua reported.

The pair dubbed as "Indo-Pak express" was currently ranked at career high ninth position. They got world fame when they reached the US Open doubles final in 2010.

"Some months ago Bopanna told me that in order to qualify for 2012 London Olympics he has to play with an Indian partner. Although it was shocking for me, I respect his decision," said Qureshi, while talking to local media.

While Bopanna has already told the Indian media that he would make his team with veteran compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2012, Qureshi is hopeful of teaming up with Dutchman Jean-Julien Roger at the Australian Open in January.

"I am not looking far ahead as I am also doing my bit to qualify for the Olympics and since I had to find a partner I have settled with Jean-Julien Rojer," he said.

Rejecting the news in the media that the split occurred due to some bitterness between them, Qureshi said: "It ended on a good note and we will continue to be good friends and ambassadors of peace. I have invited him to my wedding and he has promised to attend."