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Sania Mirza and Bangalore Open

Sania Mirza’s decision to skip Bangalore Open in March and not to play in India has evoked different reactions. It is her choice not to play in India and it has to be respected. Her decision was on the basis of advice of Globosport which is her managing agent. The advice was given as whenever Sania Mirza played in India there was a controversy. Mahesh Bhupati is a partner in Globosport. He was her mixed doubles partner during Australian Open.

Some people have criticized. Leander Paes said nobody is above the game and while playing people get attention. Leander Paes did not go through what Sania Mirza is going through. Sania Mirza is criticized for the way she dresses. She faced problem for shooting of an ad film at the premises of Mecca Masjid though it was not her duty to get permission for the shooting from archaeological department. Someone saw a photograph during Hopman Cup and filed a case against Sania Mirza for disrespect of national flag though the flag was away from her feet and due to telephoto lens it appeared close. Bangalore Open is not a competition between countries. The game is for individuals and individuals are not for the game. Sania Mirza gets many brickbats and that is not attention. There are many people who want to pull Sania Mirza down.

Let Sania Mirza have a break.

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