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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,theysay,isawonderfulgift.AfterLeanderPaesandRohanBopannacrashedoutinthefirstroundofthemen’sdoublesinRioonSaturday,alotofpeoplemusthavebeenlookingforSakethMyneni.NotthatMyneniisadoublesgeniusandhispartnershipwithBopannawouldhaveensuredamedalforIndia.But,thechancesofwinningonewouldhaveimproved. Thepreludetothisepicdebaclewasoverwhelminglyimpassionedandexpectedlysentimental.Thespectacleitself,however,borderedontheembarrassing. Paesis,perhaps,India’sonlygenuinelyworld-class ...