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Bhupathi and Bopanna say they should be a pair as they have been a team on the ATP Tour this year, while AITA said Paes should have first choice because he's ranked higher.
India could have entered two teams but picked only Paes and Bhupathi because AITA believes they had the best chance of winning a medal.
Paes wrote he was comfortable playing with a lower-ranked player if that was the only men's doubles pair representing India. But he added he should choose a partner if Bhupathi and Bopanna were available for selection.
Paes, who has played in five Olympics and was a singles bronze medalist at Atlanta in 1996, said he would "have no other option but to withdraw from the Olympics" if the doubles selection was based on the refusal of the two players to partner with him.
"We cannot be condoning or rewarding the drama enacted by Mahesh and Rohan," Paes wrote. "This would be a bad precedent for current and future sports persons [particularly tennis players] in our country."
The deadline for sending in entries is Thursday.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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