Thursday, September 08, 2005

Mahesh does it again

A few hours after I read this very pertinent post about the coverage provided to Sania Mirza and the contrasting muted coverage of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, this happens. It was well worth tuning into Channel Nine at this unearthly hour - I had no idea it wasn't on Fox anymore and took some time to figure it out! It hasn't been a particularly good year for Bhupathi, his only men's doubles title coming at Sydney early in the year when he partnered Aussie legend Todd Woodbridge. It was a disappointment to see them go out in the quarters in the Australian Open, particularly as I witnessed it in person. There has been some compensation for the below par year though, in the form of two mixed-doubles grand slam titles. Bhupathi has now won nine grand slam titles, has been part of the number one doubles combination for substantial spells and it is a shame he is not given the credit he is due. Hat tip: DesiPundit. - NK

3 Comments:

Anonymous Pratyush said...

Doubles dont matter that much concerning the top players do not play it. So the less media coverage, specially considering a player has made some leeway in a REAL draw is legitimate.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Gameboys said...

Pratyush, you are right about the relative importance of doubles...so it's understandable if Paes/Bhupathi don't get worldwide coverage on par with singles stars. But at least in India, where they remain two of our few truly world-class athletes, we should keep it in perspective.

9:51 PM  
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