Saturday, April 12, 2008
Paes and Bhupathi are teaming up again to take India to Olympics with a glimmer of hope. The duo led India into the play-offs for the Davis Cup world group for the first time in three years, defeating Japan's Takao Suzuki and Satoshi Iwabuchi 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It was India's eighth successive win at home against the Japanese since 1961 and carried them into September's play-offs for the elite 16-nation world group. Of the troublesome twosome, with a far from affable relationship, Paes
had recently said: "Opting to play doubles with Mahesh was probably the worst decision of my playing career."
But now adding to the already simmering discontent is the trio of Prakash Amritraj, Rohan Bopanna and Bhupathi
who have refused to play under Paes, the team’s playing captain. (In the photo) India's Leander Paes, background, serves as Mahesh
Bhupathi looks on during their Davis Cup tennis match against Japan in New Delhi.