Bhupathi, Bopanna barred from Davis Cup

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 16, 2012
The All India Tennis Association says it will not consider seasoned players Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for Davis Cup for two years after both refused to partner Leander Paes in doubles at the London Olympics. The association said in a press statement on Sunday it had ''decided not to consider'' Bhupathi, a cup player since 1995, and Bopanna, for 10 years, for selection till June 30, 2014. Both players were dropped from the squad for a tie against New Zealand in which a second-string India team completed a 5-0 victory in Chandigarh on Sunday. The AITA said it would persist with the young team comprising of Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh, which helped prevail in the Asia Oceania Group I relegation playoff.
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