Bangkok: Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi
suffered a rare defeat together as they made a shock
first-round exit from Thailand Open, the only ATP tournament
they played together ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2010.
The top seeds, who came to this tournament after a record
24th consecutive win in the Davis Cup, lost 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 4-10
to unseeded Germany`s Daniel Brands and Croatia`s Ivan Dodig
in the first round of the USD 551,000 hard court event.
Having won gold medals at the last two editions of the
Asian Games, Paes and Bhupathi will be the hot favourite pair
when tennis makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games.
The tennis event will begin on October 4 and conclude on
Paes and Bhupathi play with different partners on the ATP
circuit but have always joined forces to represent the country
in multi-discipline sporting event.
They have recorded many a memorable wins in Davis Cup and
Grand Slams but an Olympic medal has always eluded them.