“No preparation is the right word. They didn’t practise; they didn’t play any match together. Just one match against a depleted Korean Davis Cup team is not the way to prepare. The Olympics demands more. In doubles, that wasn’t going to happen,” said the winner of 12 Grand Slam – Four men’s doubles and eight mixed doubles -titles.
Bhupathi reckoned that the controversy around the Rio team make-up was expected with the kind of build-up there was prior to the team selection. “I think everybody expected it and everybody was keeping quiet until it actually surfaced. I am just happy it didn’t get out of hand,” observed the 42-year-old. He was also cheeky in suggesting that there would be controversies in the future too. “It is the third Olympics where we had controversies over team make up. The same thing will hopefully happen even in the next three Games.”
Bhupathi was, however, happy with the way the rest of the team performed. “Mixed doubles was our best shot at the medal. We came so close but were unfortunate.”