Apparently, Leander Paes was sleeping when the AITA announced its decision to pair him up with Vishnu Vardhan in the men's doubles competition at the London Olympics.
Among India's singles players, the 24-year-old Vishnu Vardhan is ranked 318th in the world right now. He has a career high ranking of 312, which was achieved on 9 May 2011.
But compared to Yuki Bhambri (who is ranked 219 in the singles) and Somdev Devvarman (240 in the rankings), Vishnu doesn't have a lot of experience on the international circuit.
"Me and Leander are always in touch. He keeps helping me out with my tennis. I haven't spoken to him after the selection," said Vishnu after the selection. "It's about how much trust he has in my abilities. It's a tough decision."
Meanwhile, earlier Somdev had declared that he was fit and raring to go. "I'm fit and available for the Olympics."
And Yuki had requested Paes to show faith in him, in much the same way Ramesh Krishnan had done it in 1992. "Leander should remember, in 1992, Krishnan took him under his wings. Leander is 38-39 and it's time, he gives back to tennis."
What might have clinched the issue for Vishnu Vardhan is that he is a former national grass court champion. He also won back-to-back ITF titles just this month.
Last week, he clinched the $10,000 Toyota ITF Open in Bangalore. And the week before that he won the ITF title in Mysore.
His record on the ATP tour is 0-3 and that doesn't tell us much about his talent. The AITA went ahead and chose him ahead of Somdev because they wanted the fittest player to partner Paes in the tournament.
Vishnu Vardhan made his mark as a junior but he hasn't really set the senior circuit alight. In 2003, he won the Junior Nationals, and earning himself a place in the Indian Junior Davis Cup team. He also had a fair bit of success in Inter-University tournaments.
But the feather in his cap is undoubtedly his performance at the Asian Games. He was a member of the bronze medal winning Indian men's team at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. He had paired up with Sania Mirza for mixed doubles and won silver medal.