Rio Olympics 2016: Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna's tennis defeat sparks social media rage

The Paes-Bopanna saga went even sourer when the duo lost in the first round of the men's doubles competition in Rio. The Indian fans weren’t happy about it

FP Sports August 07, 2016 13:33:06 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna's tennis defeat sparks social media rage

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.

Despite a lot of sulking, denial and debate, the nation still believes that the cold war between Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna was responsible for this dismal performance.

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:

The numbers indicate that the team has had its ups and downs, and so the chances of this defeat were pretty high.

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.

Perhaps it is better to focus on what’s yet to come, hopefully Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna come up with better results.

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