Bangalore, Sep 22: The Karnataka High Court today stayed the two-year ban on Veteran Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from playing any tennis matches for the country by AITA due to ‘indiscipline’ after the duo refused to team up with Leander Paes for doubles at the London Olympics.
Justice Mohana Shantanagouder stayed the ban imposed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) which had fielded a young team against New Zealand recently.
The Judge also ordered notice to the AITA seeking objections, if any, to the petition filed by Mahesh and Bopanna.
The duo had refused to pair with Leander and insisted upon AITA to allow them to play the doubles in the Olympics as they had been practising together and the tennis body was imposing its will on the professonal players.
The AITA relented at the eleven hour but later stated it cannot tolerate indiscipline.
Hesh and Bopanna, however, had made an early exit from the Olympics.
Mahesh slammed the AITA decision to ban him and Bopanna saying it was unjust, uncalled for and a wrong decision.
The duo later approached the High Court with a petition, which was taken up for hearing today.
Hesh and Bopanna’s counsel Aditya Sodhi sought a stay on the matter as the decision was not maintainable under the Indian Law. (UNI)



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