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Bhupathi hints at playing against Korea

Veteran Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi on Monday indicated that all his issues with the All India Tennis Association (AITA) have been sorted out and he may represent the country in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Korea.

Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were banned by AITA for defying the London Olympics selection but Karnataka high court had stayed the ban when the players appealed against it.

Both Bhupathi and Bopanna had refused to team up with Leander Paes for the London Games.

‘I have made myself available. AITA had sent me an email asking me whether I am available for selection and I have said that I am available.

‘Court case has been stayed for months and months ago. As far as I know, the AITA has sent me an email asking me whether I am available for selection. I have said that I am available. Obviously, it is good that they have done that,’ Bhupathi said ahead of the Chennai Open.

Specifically asked if he is ready to pair with any player, an apparent reference to Paes, Bhupathi said, ‘I have made myself available. That is the bottom line. There is no point in speculating as to who is going to play with me. They asked me whether I am going to play, I said yes.’

Talking about Chennai Open, the season-opener, Bhupathi there are several contenders for the title.

‘Besides Daniel and myself, Leander and Roger are strong combination. Rohan and Rajiv Ram is a dangerous duo. We are all playing with new partners.’
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