Zeeshan hopes Bhupathi and Paes will get back together

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Dubai, Mar 8 (UNI) Former Indian Tennis player and Olympian Zeeshan Ali believes that Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes will lay aside their differences and start focusing on getting their preparations under way for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

''It would be great if they can come together as a team, especially with the Olympics in mind later this year,'' Zeeshan told Gulf News.

''Basically, it is Indian tennis that is suffering in the long run.

''We have two of the greatest doubles players in the world who have the potential to win so much more than they already have done in the past,'' Zeeshan observed.

''And both of them are such great guys to be with. They should just put all things aside and concentrate on getting their preparations on for the Olympics,'' he added.

Termed the 'Indian Express' for their tremendous success and on-court chemistry on the ATP Men's Tour, Paes and Bhupathi won three doubles titles including Roland Garros and Wimbledon during their dream run in 1999 itself.

They became the first doubles team to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams - the first time such a feat has been achieved in the Open era since 1952.

In April 1999, they became the world number one doubles team.

But things have disintegrated after that with both players criticising each other.

The most recent instance was after India's victory against Uzbekistan when all the Indian team members sent a signed letter to AITA Secretary Anil Khanna seeking the removal of Paes as the Davis Cup captain.

Zeeshan has played with both Paes and Bhupathi during his days with the Indian squad.


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