Rio de Janeiro: India’s professional tennis players along with three establishments in professional circuit in its ranks hopes to bag at least a medal at Rio Olympics, but soon after reaching games village tennis star Leander Paes has not been allotted a room in the Olympics games village.
The seven-time Olympian, said he was extremely disappointed with the treatment dished out to him, who arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday evening.
Paes reportedly had to change in the Chef De Mission Rakesh Gupta’s room because he was granted no room.
India’s non-playing captain/coach Zeeshan Ali supported Paes and asserted that the tennis player never said that he would not live in the village.
Leander practiced late in the evening with Zeeshan for an hour for a potential match on Saturday, August 6th.
Paes, who is to partner Rohan Bopanna in the doubles event, arrived late in Brazil, forcing his doubles partner to train with Sania Mirza and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic instead.
India’s raising expectations of the largest medals haul at the summer Games and tennis will naturally be keenly followed back home with expectations of podium finishes.
India will compete in three categories — Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna in the men’s doubles, Sania Mirza-Prarthana Thombare in the women’s doubles, and Bopanna-Sania in the mixed doubles.
India won six medals at the London Games in 2012, their best haul so far at the Olympics, but none in tennis.
India’s overall unimpressive record at the Olympics is in sync with its poor haul in tennis of just an individual bronze (by Paes in singles at Atlanta 1996).