Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna have slammed Leander Paes for questioning the quality of the mixed doubles team that participated in Rio and missed out on a bronze. Mirza has labeled Paes as a 'toxic person' while Bopanna has insisted that criticizing others is his ploy to stay in the news.
"I can very clearly say that in this Olympics and the last Olympics we didn't put the best team forward. This Olympics the mixed doubles was a great opportunity. What more does a man need to do than win four Grand Slams in 14
"There were no more tournaments to win, I could not create
Mirza and Bopanna took to Twitter to respond to Paes' sharp remarks as mud-slinging continues in Indian tennis.
Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) September 18, 2016
At it again!! ...the usual ploy to stay in the news by slanging fellow players in media. #Patriotism— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) September 18, 2016
However, this was not the first time the three have been embroiled in such a controversy. In the 2012 Olympics, Sania Mirza was forced to team up with Paes in the mixed doubles event as a compromise after both Mahesh
Leander Paes was in the eye of a storm in the build-up to the Rio Games. Initially, Rohan Bopanna had preferred Saketh Myneni as his partner ahead of the announcement, but some last-minute
In the build-up to the Games, media reports had alleged that the veteran tennis star refused to share the room with Rohan Bopanna in the games village. This snowballed into a big debacle when Paes arrived late at the Olympics Village until which time Bopanna had to practice with other players.