Exclusive: Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes over 40, they should behave with maturity, says AITA general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee

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first_imgAll-India Tennis Association (AITA) general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee has called on Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi to behave maturely after the two tennis legends took potshots at each other over selection in India’s Davis Cup team.The rift between the country’s two tennis stalwarts widened after Bhupathi dropped Paes and instead picked Rohan Bopanna in his final four-man team for Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie against Uzbekistan.Bhupathi had previously selected Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N. Sriram Balaji for the tie, and had kept both Paes and Bopanna as reserves in the squad. (Lee-Hesh war gets uglier)Following Bhambri’s withdrawal due to his knee injury, it was speculated that either of Paes and Bopanna would be included in the team as the fourth member.However, Bhupathi ended Paes’ hopes of making it to the Davis Cup squad by saying he wasn’t willing to take the risk of playing Paes and N. Sriram Balaji together in such a high-pressure game.Bhupathi said he had no “personal agenda” in keeping Paes out of the squad. Appearing on India Today, Bhupathi revealed several WhatsApp exchanges with Paes to say that he was never really in the scheme of things for selection in the Davis Cup team.However, Paes, who was left out of the Davis Cup for the first time in 27 years, had lashed out at Bhupathi and accused him of flouting section criteria.The entire episode has once again opened a can of worms, leaving the entire tennis fraternity embarrassed. (Talk is cheap, history books don’t lie: Paes)advertisementHironmoy Chatterjee, AITA secretary general, told India Today that both Bhupathi and Paes are over 40 and should behave maturely.”I just came from Bangalore. I think we need to talk to them separately and together. I think both the players should behave maturely, both of them are over 40 years of age,” he told India Today.Chatterjee said the association will talk to both Paes and Bhupathi and will ensure that this does not get repeated.”Whatever they have said in the public is not appreciated by us (AITA) and we will talk to them. I haven’t had a chat with Leander but I hope to.”Once we have the captain’s report we will go through and do what is required. Whatever it is (Leander’s achievements) we will speak to the players and ensure that this doesn’t get repeated,” he said.last_img

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