Indian Davis Cup captain Leander Paes advised Sania Mirza to be careful of the decisions she makes in her career. On Wednesday evening, Sania shocked the tennis fraternity when she said she would not play at next month's $600,000 WTA Bangalore Open fearing the outbreak of another controversy.
At the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), where the Indian Davis Cup team practiced for the Asia-Oceania zone tie against Uzbekistan, Paes was philosophical in the way he reacted to Sania's decision.
"Every celebrity on this planet has faced adversities in his career," he said. "Whether he is an actor, a musician or a sportsperson, adversities are a part and parcel of the their career.
"It's how dignified and honest you are. It's about how you project yourself and how you handle such situations,” he said.
"One must remember that the biggest pride for an athlete is playing for and in your country.
“So, Sania should be extremely careful about what she decides," Paes said after practice.
On the contrary, Mahesh Bhupathi whose firm, Globosport, manages Sania said their decision was well thought out and they would stick to it.
"We had discussed it in detail. It is our decision and we are going to stick by it," said Bhupathi, who joined the camp on Tuesday.
Reacting to Paes' comments, Bhupathi said: "Every person has an opinion.
He (Paes) said whatever he felt."