Indian tennis has turned into a soap opera in the weeks leading up to the London Olympics, with insults and accusations of treachery flying and some players openly seething at their doubles partners.
The conflict centers on Leander Paes, India's most recognizable face in tennis to the outside world, but an athlete who has apparently burned bridges with nearly every one of his potential teammates.
Paes became a national hero when he won a bronze medal in singles at the 1996 Atlanta Games, breaking a 44-year drought of individual Olympic medals for India. At 39, he's still considered one of the country's best medal hopes as one of the world's top doubles players.
The problem is there's a lack of Indian players willing to partner with him.
He was initially supposed to play in India's only men's double entry with former partner Mahesh Bhupathi, with whom he won 26 doubles titles on the professional tour, including three in Grand Slams.
But Bhupathi, who also has an enviable record ...