Bhupathi sends signal of not teaming up with Paes again

Bhupathi sends signal of not teaming up with Paes again

 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi today said he was working on the technicalities with his new doubles partner Rohan Bopanna, sending a clear signal once again that he was not keen on teaming up with Leander Paes ahead of the London Olympics.

"We have to adapt to each other. We've a long season ahead. He has proved himself at the highest level both as a singles and doubles player. So I don't think it will be much of a concern," Bhupathi said about Bopanna.

With Bopanna, Bhupathi had made a pre-quarterfinal exit in the recently-held Australian Open.

"It's nothing to be decided by me or Leander. AITA has to decide the best team available for the Olympics," he said about their possible partnership in the July 27-August 12 London Games.

Bhupathi hailed Paes' Australian Open triumph that completed a career Grand Slam, describing him as a wine that gets better with age.

"The guy (Leander Paes) is just getting better with age... just like wine."
The pair of Paes and Bhupathi, after their split in 2006, joined hands ahead of the 2011 Australian Open, only to split late last year.

While the Bhupathi-Bopanna duo crashed out in the Australian Open pre-quarters, Leander along with Czech Radek Stepanek won the title