Leander Paes reached Rio late by half a day; the fact which itself drew him substantial flak from the media.

The professional and personal relationship between the two tennis players has always been strained. It reached a new low after Bopanna was forced by All India Tennis Association (AITA) to pair with 43-year-old Paes for men's doubles at Rio Olympic despite his choosing Saketh Myneni as his partner.

Bopanna got the privilege to select his doubles partner for the Olympic by the virtue of being the highest ranked male tennis player of the country.

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