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Bhupathi and Bopanna crash out of doubles

india Updated: Aug 01, 2012 09:19 IST

Indian seventh seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the Olympics on Tuesday after suffering a shock 6-3, 6-4 second round defeat by France's Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau.

Bhupathi and Bopanna were regarded as the country's best hope for a tennis medal, but their challenge came to a premature end on Court 11 at Wimbledon.

The defeat is a bitter finish to the duo's Olympic campaign, which was marred by a selection row that broke out in the build-up to the Games.

Bhupathi was furious when All India Tennis Association (AITA) chiefs ignored his request not to be paired with Leander Paes following the breakdown of the successful doubles pairing's relationship.

The controversy turned ugly when Bhupathi accused Paes of lying to him on several occasions and changing his partner during a tournament in November 2011 without informing him.

After several weeks of tension, Bhupathi, who wrote to the AITA to protest against their decision, finally got his wish to play with Bopanna at the Games, while Paes was paired with Vishnu Vardhan.

But, while Paes and Vardhan remain in the men's doubles, Bhupathi and Bopanna have been consigned to an early exit.