LAHORE December 31, 2011: Tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq today left for Australia to participate in the Australian Open Tennis Championship.
He said that he would enter the tennis court with a new partner.
Aisam will play his first international tournament after his wedding.
The tennis star said that his wife would not accompany him due to her illness.
He said that he wants to get a berth in the Olympics besides improving his ranking by displaying good performance in Australia.
Aisam said that we would represent his country in Davis Cup after returning from Australia.
KARACHI: Pakistan’s most successful tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, who recently got married, said that his marriage has not deterred him from his aim, which is to become top ranked doubles tennis player.
“My marriage would not affect my aim, which is to become top doubles international player,” said Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, who was the chief guest along with his wife Faha in the closing ceremony of International Tennis Championship here at Karachi Gymkhana.
Aisam-ul-Haq, who is currently ranked ninth in doubles international rankings, also played a doubles exhibition match here.
Aisam further said that he would soon team-up with someone else. He has parted ways with his former Indian teammate Rohan Bopanna.
“This was not a big event that we (he and Rohan) separated as a doubles team. That was completely a professional move. I would soon team up with someone else,” he said. Rohan also stayed for few days in Pakistan to attend Aisam’s wedding ceremonies.
Aisam and Rohan, who won many tournaments together and were dubbed as ‘IndoPak Express’, were placed at 5th spot in doubles team rankings.
“I would try my best to play in next year’s Olympics’ tennis doubles event,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also said that he would play for Pakistan Davis Cup tie in Lebanon in February next year.
“I would play for Pakistan in Davis Cup tie. However, it had been better if we had hosted the tie in Pakistan as it was earlier scheduled. It would have given us home-ground advantage.
“The federation (Pakistan Tennis Federation) should have made efforts to retain their rights to host the event. Security conditions in Pakistan are now stable and foreigners are coming here. Chinese hockey team is also playing in Pakistan. In recent past, the security conditions in Lebanon were also not stable, so I think we should have taken a stand,” Aisam stressed.
Aisam further said that tennis could be promoted in Pakistan if corporations come forward to help the game.
“Corporations should come forward and sponsor tennis events. I think in that way we could promote tennis in the country,” he said.Read More
The newly married couple of Pakistan’s tennis ace, Aisam ul Haq and Faha will be visiting Shoukat Khanum Memorial cancer hospital here on Thursday. As responsible citizens of Pakistan, the couple would like to continue with various social welfare activities together to express their support to the sick, less fortunate and under privileged people of the society,Read More
After a couple of months Aisam ul Haq weds with Faha Akmal in Lahore with a major marriage of the Lahore in Garrison Golf Club, Lahore. Five months after Engagement Aisam weds with a British based Pakistani Faha Akmal. The celebration already started one week before the marriage night.
Aisam’s Indian tennis partner Rohan Bopana as well as their American tennis coach were among a large number of guests who attended the marriage ceremony.Read More
India’s Rohan Bopanna visited Pakistan recently to attend friend Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi’s wedding and to promote tennis ties between the two neighbors where cricket has dominated almost everything. “ It’s nice to be in Pakistan and I hope we resume tennis between the two countries which in turn would increase interest in the sport in both the countries,” Bopanna said after a practice session.
Sports between these two countries took a U turn after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. With their claim to fame being the US Open Finals last year parted ways last month after competing at the Year Ending Masters. Bopanna took this decision as he wanted to qualify for the London Olympics next year and to do so he needed an Indian partner.
When asked about his relations with Qureshi after the split, Bopanna replied “We are good friends and will remain good friends. I am here to attend his wedding and am very happy at that.” The “Indo-Pak express” has actively been participating to resolve the India-Pakistan issues and also volunteered to play an exhibition match on the border.
Bopanna termed this match as a “peace match” but said that permission for such a match is still in queue. “We offered to play a match at the Wagah border and wrote letters to both governments, but we still await clearance.”
Lets hope that their efforts don’t go down the drain and something nice crops up between the two Asian neighbors.Read More