Paes, Bhupathi to continue journey together

Wednesday turned out to be a mixed day from the tennis courts in Doha.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Doha:Wednesday turned out to be a mixed day from the tennis courts in Doha. While India won three medals, there was also some controversy on whether Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi would play together ever again. But to the relief of fans, the Indian express will continue their journey together at least when they are representing the country. "End of the day, we've stuck together and got gold. And that is what we need to focus on, not the negatives. We've won three medals here, which is fantastic. We need to focus on that and not always the negatives in life," said Paes. Leander Paes summing up the kind of attitude that helped him and Mahesh Bhupathi tide over their personal disputes before and during these Asian Games, and come back with a host of silverware. Difficult path It wasn't an easy path, especially for Mahesh, who fell out quite publicly with Paes in Doha. Definitely the best end to a week that started badly with the feud between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi spilling onto the courts. Mahesh was asked to undergo a fitness test and Paes said he wasn't willing to play with him. "The decision at the beginning of this week was a captain's decision not a personal one. Media raked up a whole lot of stuff that should not have been. That decision was based on who is the best person for the job," said Paes. And it's a decision that clearly paid off, as the former world number one pair stuck with each other and went on to defend their title. And, at the end of it all, the controversies and intrigue seemed like a needless creation of the media, who never missed a chance to speculate about Bhupathi's place in the Indian side. Clearly this was a moment to celebrate. Wednesday turned out to be a great day on the tennis courts and Paes made no bones about the fact that he was willing to play with Mahesh while representing the country. "Mahesh is welcome on and deserves his place in the Davis Cup team and the Olympics. I would love to play Davis Cup with him. He is one of the brains of the team and pillars. And I love playing with him for the country. He deserves to be on the team," said Paes. Even marriages fall apart so why create a fuss if Bhupathi, Paes decide not to play together -well for starters not every couple wins 19 Davis Cup doubles in a row, three grand slam titles and the number one slot. Luckily for fans, this team survives for country and perhaps with less interference it can continue a while longer.

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