Rohan Bopanna wants to make plans with his partnership Leander Paes to click in next month’s Olympics. He feels there is no point in holding on to the bitterness which has marred Indian tennis. And, he wants to Forget the past and communicate as much as possible. Bopanna and Paes will play against Hong Chung and Yunseong Chungare for the Devis Cup tie against Korea on Saturday.
“You can’t keep dwelling on the past. If you keep dwelling on past, you never get positives. You have to look at what is the scenario today and look ahead tomorrow. Today’s thing is that me and Leander are going to Rio. We are getting practice and before Rio also we will have four-five days. I am going straight to Rio after Toronto, Leander will also be there. Those few days we will try to get practice as much as we can. And get prepared,” Bopanna told
Bopanna said Leander Paes is professional enough to deal with the situation. “On the circuit we change partners very often. So we are used to that. In 2013, I played with Roger Vasselin and made semis in Wimbledon. It’s a matter of getting good practice and it could work out. We just have to get right practice and some good communication going on. Understand each other. It will definitely benefit us,” he said.
“The only thing we can do is practice a lot and get used to conditions. Five days is a lot. I am a person who can move on. Certain things happen but you keep moving on. Every day is a new day. We have to overcome these challenges. We have to find a way, communicate well. Like talking on the court, discussing what we have to do, how we have to plan strategy. How we have to combine as a team and gel together,” he added.
In the most recent matches they have played together, Bopanna and Paes lost the doubles rubber against the Czech Republic but made a remarkable recovery from being down two sets to win against Serbia.
Paes arrived in Chandigarh on Wednesday and they practiced for about an hour and a half but rain prevented them from training together even as Paes had a hit on the hard courts.
On being asked if they have a realistic chance of reaching the medal round in Rio, Bopanna said getting a good draw will be crucial. “When we go into a tournament, I am not just looking at winning a bronze medal. Either I am going all the way to top or not go at all. The goal is to do the best we can. We have to take one match at a time. The competition is very high. We are hoping to be seeded. Also, we need a little luck in the draw. That’s a part of the whole thing,” he told.