The Paes-Bopanna saga took a turn for the sourer, after the duo lost in the first round of the men's doubles tennis competition at the Rio Olympics. Paes-Bopanna lost in straight sets to the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot 4-6 6-7 (6-8) on Saturday. As expected, social media exploded, with fans unhappy about the manner of defeat.
For those who came in late, Paes allegedly did not want to share a room with teammate Bopanna. He was then furious at these reports, claiming that he hadn't protested this development.
An emotional Paes did not hide his disappointment after losing in the first round of the men's doubles match, though the Indian tennis fans criticised him relentlessly. They had no mercy for the veteran tennis player, who was playing his record seventh Olympic tournament. The reactions on Twitter say that Paes' acerbic attitude is what led to the defeat. Here's a selection of what the Twitterati had to say:
Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna out in the 1st round of #Rio.
Who knew you may have had to train together for the world's biggest athletic event?
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 6, 2016
— Visakh K (@visakhirs) August 7, 2016
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) August 6, 2016
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) August 6, 2016
— Jaspreet Sahni (@jaspreet_sahni) August 6, 2016
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) August 6, 2016
— Stereotypewriter (@babumoshoy) August 7, 2016
— Atul Kumar (@theconstantme) August 7, 2016
2 Mins Silence for those who thinks Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna were playing Against Poland.
— DUDEPOOL (@a__SCARS) August 7, 2016
Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna were paired for the wrong sport. Must have been sent for boxing or wrestling. Sure shot gold.#EgoAboveCountry
— IBTL (@IndiaBTL) August 6, 2016
The numbers indicate that the team has had its ups and downs, and so the chances of this defeat were pretty high.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 7, 2016
Some people are looking beyond this defeat and focusing on the other players that are yet to perform for the Indian tennis contingent. The optimism comes even despite the early exit of India’s women's doubles team of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare.
Bad start for Indian tennis, after Paes- Bopanna, Sania-Thombare make an exit out of #Olympics2016 in the very first round.
— Mahima Chowdhary (@ChowdharyMahima) August 7, 2016
Bad luck today Leander and Rohan Bopanna. But I guess the mixed doubles was always going to be a better prospect. #RohanSania
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 6, 2016
— Badri Narayan (@badrinarayanbk) August 7, 2016
Perhaps it is better to focus on what’s yet to come, hopefully Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna come up with better results.