India’s Paes accused of provocation
Match officials stepped in to calm down players in a men’s
doubles match at the Australian Open who started remonstrating on
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez accused India’s Leander Paes of trying
to provoke him and his partner Juan Monaco of Argentina during
their second-round match. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the match
7-6 (2), 6-4.
Television footage showed all four players grouped together at
the net, arguing and gesticulating with their hands. Officials came
over and calmed things down and Lopez said later there was no
Lopez said the Paes ”was trying to provoke us all the time. At
one point, we were a little bit tired of the style he was using on
the court, and that’s all that happened.”
Tournament officials did not immediately comment.