Bopanna clarifies stand

Bopanna clarifies stand

 Minutes after his request to partner Saketh Myneni was overturned by the All India Tennnis Association (AITA), Rohan Bopanna issued his approval of the decision of the selection committee. He, however, also clarified why he preferred Myneni over multiple Grand Slam winner Leander Paes for Rio Games.

 “I have much admiration for Leander Paes and his many achievements, but unfortunately we have not been able to put together a good combination despite our best efforts and I do not believe our styles of play are either compatible or complementary. Considering that this is a team event where two individuals need to gel together to do well, regardless of individual achievements, it is the team and the combination that matters," he wrote.

 Meanwhile, Paes thanked AITA. “To play for the flag has always been the greatest inspiration for me. I am humbled by the love showered upon me by the people. Their overwhelming and unconditional support has been my pillar of strength and motivation throughout my career.”

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