LONDON: Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday slammed India’s tennis chiefs for putting top female player Sania Mirza in an “unbelievable position” in the country’s bitter Olympic selection row.
Bhupathi, who said the situation could not have got any uglier, denied he was manipulating other players against his former doubles partner Leander Paes, as Mirza said she was being humiliated by being used as “bait” to pacify Paes.
Bhupathi and his current partner Rohan Bopanna both said they would not play with the higher-ranked Paes at the London 2012 Games for a range of personal and professional reasons.
Mirza, who earlier this month won the French Open mixed doubles with Bhupathi, then lashed out at the All India Tennis Association (AITA) in a letter about her treatment.
Indian media reported Paes made being paired with Mirza in the Olympic mixed a pre-condition for playing with a lower-ranked player in the men’s.