The London Olympics will be remembered for India’s best medal haul in the history of the Games. But it will also be remembered for the tennis controversy that swamped India.
And the controversy between the AITA (All India Tennis Federation), Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Boppanna and Sania Mirza keeps cropping up every now and then.
So when Mirza and AITA president Anil Khanna were recently seen engaged in conversation at a tennis championship, questions were bound to be asked. Mirza though, was quick to say that she was dragged into the controversy and had nothing against anybody in particular.
“I never had anything against Khanna or against a person so to say. I was dragged into something which I thought was not fair and I had the right to voice my opinion. It was as simple as that.”
Mirza also said that at the end of the day, the AITA and the tennis players were on the same side: “After the Games we spoke and came to a conclusion. At the end of the day, we are all in one team. We play for India, he is trying to help India. We’re all trying to make Indian tennis better.”
She also spoke about her relation with Mahesh Bhupathi and how they still remain “great friends” despite the mixed-doubles controversy preceding the Olympics.
Check out the video for that and her decision on maybe returning to singles tennis.