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Families to lend support for Leander, Mahesh

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BANGALORE, AUG. 3. When Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi team up for the Olympics, they will be cheered on by their families at Athens. Disclosing this to The Hindu, Mr. Krishna Bhupathi, father of Mahesh, said: "We have decided to be right there along with our families to cheer the boys and provide them with moral support. I, along with my wife Meera, daughter Kavitha and Mahesh's wife, Shwetha, will be there along with Dr. Vece Paes to make it a memorable reunion for the boys".

Bhupathi Sr. said the victory at Toronto, has come at a right time for the `Indian Express'. "It is a good beginning to the run up to the Olympics. I thought, if they would have a good look at the opposition at Toronto and go to the next stop at Cincinnati, with a right focus. But they have exceeded our expectations, winning the Maters' title."

Mr. Bhupathi Sr. termed the coming two weeks as a very important phase. "With the Olympics ahead, all the best teams are out there and boys are getting enough match practice and what's important is that they are jelling well again and winning".

Mr. Bhupathi asserted that Leander and Mahesh are the team to beat at Olympics. "I hope that it will be a draw of 24 or 32 at Olympics and that puts them in better position. There are half-a-dozen teams out there, which are capable of winning the title, but I would pick ours as the team to beat. What matters to Leander and Mahesh is not just winning Masters or a Grand Slam title, they take more pride in winning a tie for the country and Olympics is right platform to achieve that pinnacle of glory", said Bhupathi Sr.

Regarding renewal of long-term partnership, Krishna Bhupathi didn't want to jump into conclusions. He said: "Right now, the focus is on the Olympics. So let us take one step at a time and I am sure they will take the right decision at the right time".

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