KARACHI: Pakistan tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is considering parting ways with his doubles partner Jean-Julien Rojer just after three months and is likely to announce the decision next week.
Aisam’s father Ihtisham-ul-Haq told ‘The News’ that Julien’s low ranking (No. 38) is the prime reason why Aisam, ranked 13, is considering this move. “More than the not-so-good results they have produced during the partnership, the low ranking of Julien is a real issue,” he said.
He informed that Aisam is to fly to London on Wednesday (tomorrow) where he will get his injury treated, and then he will go to Monaco to take part in the Monte-Carlo Masters to be played from April 15-22.
“But his participation in the tournament depends on the fitness clearance by the doctors, as he may be advised to take more rest. Besides the medical clearance, his participation is also dependent on his partner Julien,” said Ihtisham.
He said “this is where the low ranking factor of Aisam’s partner will create problems for them to enter into the circuit, so if they don’t get a chance to play this tournament, Aisam will announce his decision to split with Julien”.
Julien is from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and is currently ranked 38 in ATP World Doubles Rankings. His career-best ranking was No. 17 on August 22, 2011.
The tournaments that Julien played partnering with Aisam included ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (lost in round 16); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (lost in round 32); Dubai, (lost in round 16); Rotterdam (lost in quarter finals); Australian Open (lost in round 16); Sydney (lost in round 16); and Brisbane, Australia (lost in round 16).
Aisam enjoyed his best years of the game with Indian partner Rohan Bopanna, who announced to break-up just ahead of Aisam’s marriage in November 2011 after playing for two years with Pakistan’s top player.
Aisam has won five doubles titles in his career, four in 2011 and one in 2010, and out of those five he partnered with Bopanna in four titles. He reached the finals of various tournaments seven times in his career, all with Bopanna.Read More
Aisam ul Haq and his wife Faha will be there on Shaista Wahidi’s show – Utho Jago Pakistan. Watch Shaista, face to face with Aisam and Faha Haq on April 10, 2012, 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Geo TV.Read More
MANILA, Philippines — Another win for the Philippines in the regional Davis Cup.
On Sunday, April 8, the Philippines sealed the deal, after it outclassed Pakistan in the 2nd round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group II tie 5-0 to advance to the 3rd round.
Filipino tennis players Francis Casey Alcantara and Johnny Arcilla defeated their respective opponents, sweeping the Pakistan team with ease.
Alcantara overpowered Muhammad Abid, 6-2, 6-1, and Arcilla knocked down his counterpart Yasir Khan, 6-3, 6-4 in reverse singles matches.
Two days earlier, Arcilla also defeated Pakistani national champion Ageel Khan 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, while Treat Huey outplayed Yasir Khan 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in singles matches.
Huey and Ruben Gonzales gave the Philippines’ the 3-0 that secured the country’s victory the next day, scoring a win over the Khan brothers, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in doubles competition.
The tie, held in the Philippine Columbian Association tennis courts in Paco, Manila, started Friday, April 6, simultaneous with all the other Davis Cup matches around the globe. The Asia/Oceania zone is one of three zones where regional 2012 Davis Cup competitions are held.
Pakistan came to Manila without top bet Aisam-ul-Haq who pulled out of the Davis Cup delegation last month, to nurse a chronic knee injury.
The Philippines also defeated Pacific Oceania 5-0 in February before it faced off with Pakistan. It will next meet Indonesia on September 14-16. The winner will be promoted to Group I in 2013.
The 22-year-old Davis Cup is the largest annual international tennis team competition in the world.Read More
Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has selected top Pakistan tennis star Aisam-ul- Haq as its youth ambassador.
The announcement was made during the National Youth and Volunteer Camp titled “Promotion of Social Inclusion, Safe Living and Culture of Non-Violence and Peace”, which is being attended by volunteers from across the country.
Aisam vowed to spare no effort in serving the vulnerable segment of society.
“Today is the happiest day of my life, as now I can be called in anytime to perform my duties, which would indeed be a great honour,” The Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.
He also visited the camp site, where he was given a briefing on volunteers’ activities.
PRCS Secretary General Brigadier (retired) Dr Mahboob Sardar welcomed Aisam-ul Haq to the society, saying that he would definitely act as a role model for volunteers, who are the backbone of the society.
KARACHI: Pakistan’s top tennis player Aqeel Khan on Saturday said that Pakistan’s bid to win in their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II semifinal against Philippines would be impossible without Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
“Playing in adverse conditions in an away tie is always difficult and playing the tie against Philippines in their own backyard without Aisam would mean that we will have no hopes of winning it,” Aqeel Khan told PPI.
Aisam has pulled out of the Davis Cup, to be played from April 6-8, due to a knee injury. Aqeel’s younger brother Jalil Khan was named as Aisam’s replacement.
However, Aqeel also said that he would put his best in these matches. But the player was quick to add that Pakistan’s bid to win the tie has received fatal blows initially due to the shifting of the tie from Lahore to Manila and now Aisam pulling out of it.
Aisam and Aqeel helped Pakistan defeat Lebanon in Beirut 3-2 in a thrilling Davis Cup tie.
The tie was originally scheduled to be played in Pakistan, but Lebanon expressed security concerns and persuaded ITF to shift the tie to Beirut.
Aisam had previously skipped the last two ties which Pakistan had played against Philippines in Manila. ‘The News’ had reported a few weeks back that Aisam would pull out of the event this time as well as there is a greater risk of injury to the player while playing in hot and humid conditions of Manila.
But later PTF denied such reports and added that the player would participate in Davis Cup.
However — Aisam, the most successful tennis player in the history of the country — has finally pulled out of the event, apparently due to fears of his knee injury turning chronic if he played competitive matches.Read More