New Delhi, June 11 :Doubles specialist Leander Paes’ dreams of playing in a record seventh straight Olympics came true on Saturday after he was named with Rohan Bopanna as the Indian men’s doubles team in Rio Olympics. Bopanna and Sania Mirza were picked for the mixed doubles. Also Read - PV Sindhu Reveals Turning Point of Her Career, Says Beating Olympic Champion Li Xuerui Gave me Confidence
After the selection committee met here, All India Tennis Association President Anil Khanna said: “Men’s doubles more fortunate with Bopanna in top 10 and Paes at 46.” Also Read - Eyeing Olympic Gold in Tokyo 2020 Next Year, PV Sindhu Makes Space in Cabinet For Top Honour
Bopanna on Friday took everyone by surprise when he chose to partner young Saketh Myneni over Paes.(ALSO READ:Rio Olympics 2016: Sushil Kumar moves High Court to secure Rio Olympics berth).
“Bopanna respects Paes, he has given us his reasons why he would prefer Myneni,” Khanna told the media. Also Read - Olympic Bronze Medalist Wrestler Sakshi Malik Says She Would Hope to Change Colour of Her Medal in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Paes recently completed a career slam after winning the French Open mixed doubles along with Swiss great Martina Hingis at Roland Garros.