The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

Bhupathi slams India's tennis association for ban


MUMBAI (Reuters) - India doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi, who was handed a two-year ban last week, accused the country's tennis association on Tuesday of carrying out "a personal vendetta" against him.

Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to partner Leander Paes in this year's London Olympics which escalated into an ugly row and forced the All India Tennis Association (Aita) to change their original decision to field Paes and Bhupathi as a pair.

Paes eventually partnered rookie Vishnu Vardhan while India had a second pair in Bhupathi and Bopanna but none returned with a medal from London.

Bhupathi, 38, said he was considering legal options but believes that he has played his last match for India.