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The great Indian Tennis Tamasha

June 15: AITA pairs Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the doubles

Bhupathi rebels against AITA’s decision to pair him with Paes for the London Olympics. Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna put out a joint statement expressing their disappointment.

Bhupathi calls Paes a back-stabber.

June 16: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) asks the AITA to file a report on the entire episode.

June 17: Mahesh Bhupathi reiterates his stand of not pairing up with Paes and appeals that he should be allowed to partner Bopanna.

June 18: The Telegraph reveals that it was Bopanna, in connivance with Bhupathi, who back-stabbed Paes, in October, 2011.

Bhupathi makes it clear he doesn’t have any ego issues with Paes and accuses ‘somebody high-up’ in AITA for the impasse.

Paes sends a letter to AITA, saying that Bhupathi and Bopanna have violated an agreement to “play unconditionally” for the country.

Sports ministry intervenes and asks AITA to explain why it did not avail the opportunity of sending two doubles teams.

June 19: AITA mulls to send two doubles teams.

“A concerted effort” on the part of AITA was on to persuade Paes to partner one of the younger and very lowly-positioned players

The AITA manages to convince the sports ministry that it was beyond the government’s brief to question the selectors’ decision.

June 20: Leander rejects a “bargain offer” made by the AITA and categorically writes that he’d withdraw if he is paired either with Vishnu Vardhan (No. 207) or Yuki Bhambri (No. 306) in a second doubles team.

AITA postpones announcement of the team by a day.

Bhambri questions Paes’ refusal to play with a lower-ranked player.

June 21: AITA announces two teams, pairs Paes with Vardhan and Bhupathi with Bopanna

Leander looks set to miss Olympics