Mumbai, 19 September: Leander Paes today said he is yet to get over ugly episode that marred Indian tennis in the lead up to the London Olympics and this is exactly the reason why he is keen to play the 2016 Rio Games.
“The last Olympics left a real sour taste in my mouth. That is something that is still there. That has been one of my biggest motivating factors to go to Rio. At the end of the day I can do what is within my control to make sure that I am ready,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event. The build-up to the 2012 London Olympics was marred by a selection row as players resorted to bickering. A can of worms opened up when Mahesh Bhupathi refused to partner Leander Paes in the quadrennial event.
Both Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to play with Paes and insisted on being paired together. pti