Bangalore, June 15: Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are undoubtedly two of the best doubles players on the planet but unfortunately not the best of partners any more to an extent that the latter is prepared to go the distance to get Rohan Bopanna as his mate at the London Olympics tennis competition.
With the summer Games just around the corner, the gloves are off and the seemingly irreconcilable differences between Paes and Bhupathi have triggered a war of words between the two camps.
The fathers of the two players, Vece Paes and Krishna Bhupathi, have freely aired their views each blaming the other for the sorry state of affairs.
Krishna Bhupathi alleged that Leander ''dumped'' his son for a foreign partner after having come together last year ostensibly to prepare for the Olympics. Vece Paes charged Mahesh with ''back stabbing'' by preferring to partner Rohan Bopanna.
The All India Tennis Association's selection committee ''unanimously'' decided here