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Paes & Bopanna: The relationship that shouldn't have happened

The two outstanding players failed to bury the hatchet and unite for a tournament which would have added extra gloss to their careers

Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna
Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna during their first round match at Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Saturday

Hindsight, they say, is a wonderful gift. After Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round of the men’s doubles in Rio on Saturday, a lot of people must have been looking for Saketh Myneni. Not that Myneni is a doubles genius and his partnership with Bopanna would have ensured a medal for India. But, the chances of winning one would have improved. The prelude to this epic debacle was overwhelmingly impassioned and expectedly sentimental. The spectacle itself, however, bordered on the embarrassing. Paes is, perhaps, India’s only genuinely world-class ...