The former world number one pair, nicknamed the Indian Express, won three grand slam titles together between 1999 and 2001 but have had a turbulent relationshiop for several years. Mahesh Bhupathi believes, he and Leander Paes will have no trouble putting their off-the-court differences behind them at August's Olympic Games and says they can win a medal for India. Despite their differences, Bhupathi and Paes are set to team up for India again in Beijing, having finished fourth in the Athens Olympics four years ago.
They have not played together since December, 2006, when they won the Asian Games doubles gold medal in Doha, after which they announced that they would never play together again.
Their quarrel in Qatar was a public affair, with both members of the former Davis Cup pairing criticizing each other after Paes questioned Bhupathi's fitness and commitment following India's early exit from the men's team event.
The lure of the Olympics appears to be too strong for either of them to ignore, however. Paes recently said he would be happy for them to reunite and Bhupathi told an English channel that he was sure they would do well together.
"I think logically that (playing with Paes) would be the best choice for the country; we want to win a medal," Bhupathi said at the Australian Open where he reached the mixed doubles final with compatriot Sania Mirza in his first major event since back surgery last October.
"On the court the chemistry is there. Every time we have taken a break and come back, we have found a way to put our differences aside and win, so hopefully that will happen again.
"(The problems) have been happening for a long time, so we're dealing with it."
Every move Bhupathi and Paes make together in Beijing is bound to be closely scrutinized in India, where they are worshipped as sporting heroes almost on a par with the country's cricketers.