A missed Olympic medal remains in memory for Lee-Hesh

Chennai: The doubles team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has given Indian tennis many memorable moments but one thing that Paes still regrets is their failure to win an Olympic medal for the country.

Paes and Bhupathi competed in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympics but never moved beyond the semifinals.

Paes though became the first tennis player from India to win a medal in Olympics when he bronze in Atlanta.

They parted ways in 2006 after a spat during the Doha Asian Games.

Today Paes and Bhupathi recorded their 24th consecutive Davis Cup doubles win.

“We have won many matches together in the past. We have grown up by playing together and respect each other. We both take the responsibility for whatever has happened in between.”

“But we have grown over the years to be world number one. I have lot of respect for Mahesh. Whenever we are together on the court we create magic. Only dissent is that we missed an Olympic medal by a whisker,” Paes said.

Bhupathi said he and Paes make a formidable team and could have got more success at international stage together but ruled out the re-union.

“We would have won 50 Grand Slams, if we had continued but we are happy with the present pairing with someone and playing well,” he said.


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