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

lingering problem.

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.