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Paes pays price for being complacent

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Catch them young is true for sports in general and the game of tennis in particular. Dirty linen is washed in public after Leander Paes was dropped and the blame was squarely put on Mahesh Bhupathi. Leander's Davis cup record is phenomenal and he is a true team player. The controversy leading to Paes getting dropped from the team does not augur well for Indian tennis. One may consider this as a revenge but in reality it is time to infuse young blood into the playing team. Replacing 223rd rank player with 54th ranked Leander Paes appears strange but it is time to groom young talent against a weak team like Uzbekistan and that was taken in bad spirit. However, Leander Paes with 18 Grand Slam titles, 27 years of experience and a winner in a doubles tournament last week was omitted in the interest of the future of the team and not with vengeance. Bhupathi was entrusted with the job of grooming youngsters and there was no ill feeling between the two erstwhile doubles partners. But the matter was blown out of proportion and the past players were waiting for mud-slinging and to air their wrath on AITA made unwanted comments in the bargain.

 — Nickil Krishnan, Seawood

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