Controversies took a lot out of all of us and that showed in our tennis on court too: Mahesh Bhupathi

Mahesh Bhupathi who was recently involved in a controversy over the selection issue for the Olympics said that he has said what he wanted to and he do not want to discuss the topic of denying to team up with Leander Paes, says a report in The Times of India.

Bhupathi who lost in the second round in the mixed doubles category with partner Sania Mirza at Wimbledon said that he is really disappointed with the result. He also said that the stress related to the controversy was one of the reason of their loss as it was totally unnecessary.

Bhupathi however, said that he has moved on and is preparing for the London Olympics.

Sania Mirza said that the controversy that surrounded selection for the London Olympics has created a bad blood among players, she also said that the controversy has also strained her relationship with her French Open winning partner Mahesh Bhupathi, says a report in the City Journal.

Sania said, “The controversy did not do anything good to anybody. It created bad blood among us and that is very unfortunate. I am happy that it is over and I can now concentrate on doing well in the Olympics with Leander and win a medal.

She added, “Let us move forward and focus on winning a medal. Leander reached the final at the Wimbledon and that is the positive thing. I and Mahesh lost and that was unfortunate. We should have been playing in the final.”

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza’s mother Nasima Mirza has been named the manager and will accompany the two-member Indian women tennis team for the upcoming London Olympics, says a report in NDTV.

The decision was taken at All India Tennis Association (AITA) Executive Committee Meeting on July 1.

"With her vast experience and India having two lady members in the Olympic team she was considered as the best person to be nominated to look after India's Women team consisting of Sania and Rushmi. Her staying in the Olympic village was considered as an additional advantage as she understands the needs of high pressure competition and how important it is to take care of players physical comfort and mental well being”, an AITA release said.