In appreciation of Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi

Published Sep 06, 2010 04:45pm

Spot-fixers, cheats, runners up, dopers – the list will go on except for one Pakistani sportsman, who continues to make the right kind sports news year after year. It seems like Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi has taken over the responsibility of lifting the nation’s sporting image. The fact that less people know about his feat of becoming the first Pakistani (among several other firsts) to enter the men’s and mixed doubles quarterfinals at a grand slam tennis tournament, than three Pakistani’s facing the possibility of life bans from cricket is unfortunate, to say the least. Or that the world media is not flashing images of him and Rohan Bopanna – his doubles partner from India – as they continue blasting away the big names of men’s doubles tennis as often as those of the accused cricketers on ill-fated tabloid covers, is also a shame. But then again, it always seems as if success stories here don’t sell as much as controversy does.

When I interviewed him five months back, Aisam proudly told me about his best-ever ATP doubles ranking of 51. He has come a long way since then. Not only has he leapt his way to number 34 in men’s doubles rankings, Aisam and his partner Rohan are the world’s 15th best pair. Add to that their Wimbledon quarterfinal finish, their win over world number one pair of Bob and Mike Bryan and most recently, their comprehensive shock win over number two seeds Nenand Nimonjic and Daniel Nestor at the US Open. The fact that Pakistani masses do not follow tennis is understandable, but for the media to put this lone warrior’s march right at the end of news bulletins, is regretful. This, despite him pairing up with an ‘arch-rival’ Indian player, and making ripples, if not waves, in respected sports magazines

Being in the top 50 has also enabled Aisam to play mixed doubles on the ATP Tour for the first time in his career. Having paired up with Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic, Aisam has landed himself in two back-to-back grand-slam quarterfinals for the first time in his career.

We keep saying that our cricketers let us down when the nation was in need of some solace from the devastating last few weeks (months, even). Well, here’s a guy who has given us something to cheer about. How about giving him some long overdue appreciation? He may hold a racquet in his hand instead of a bat, but hey, at least he is making all the right moves. He is a man who is doing Pakistan proud so let’s just stop pelting the poor donkeys and put our hands together for the man who is already Pakistan’s most successful tennis player in history. Thank you, Aisam, for giving us a reason to read ‘real’ sports news for a change.

Hafsa Adil is a sports editor at Dawn.com.

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Zohaib
Sep 15, 2010 01:32am
all the best aisam,, i hope he breaks into top 5 soon- inshAllah
umer
Sep 25, 2010 05:39am
congrats.
(Dr.) B.N.Anand from India
Sep 07, 2010 09:30am
But for using the word "arch rival" for his Indian partner, the author surely demonstrates how proud the nations can feel from the achievements of their sportsmen. Sadly, the reverse is equally true. I simply pray this doubles pair moves further ahead and provide a sense of pride to the people of both the countries. BNA
Asif Bhatti
Sep 07, 2010 09:23am
I truly thank all the Indians support and love seeing us united and winning. I just wish Times of India and other related newspapers in India had the same vision as Dawn.
Dawood
Sep 08, 2010 10:59am
Dear Aisam and Rohan, Hi boys you beat one of the world's best doubles serbian pair in the third round 63 64. congratulations man. you are doing an excellent job and keep it up. We from Rome really wish to see you winning the US open and looking forward to seeing you playing again in an Italian tournament. cheers Dawood
Asif Bhatti
Sep 07, 2010 09:15am
I cannot agree more Sharma. United we stand and can be world beaters.
Mike
Sep 07, 2010 09:08am
Arch rival isn't a bad word for God's sake! One can be the of best of friends and yet be 'arch rivals' in various fields. What perhaps you meant was 'arch enemies', which of course is bad! Cheers!
Qurat
Sep 08, 2010 10:39am
India is not our "arch-rival". It is our neighbour and we should not mix politics with sports. Well done Aisam for bridging the gap between both neighbours and producing healthy sporting spirit between both nations. Wishing Rohan and Aisam "Goodluck!!!" for the Men's and Mixed Doubles Cup!! Double Up!!!
Mike
Sep 07, 2010 09:00am
See folks? If Pakistan and India can get together not only in sports, but in economy, trade and defence, we'll be a force to reckon with. This is a start. Let's hope the mistrust between our two countries diminishes to the point where real cooperation begins in all other spheres as well. I hope to live to see that day! I am sure it will happen! Cheers!
Kashif
Sep 07, 2010 08:37am
Well done Aisam you are making history, carry on
Rohit
Sep 07, 2010 08:02am
He did play singles when he was younger. His highest ranking was at 125, which I think is a great achievement and it was gone completely unnoticed. Aisam has been a solid player for pakistan tennis for the past few years and he will hopefully dominate the doubles field with Rohan in the next 5 years. Good stepping stone for Pak tennis.
Hassan
Sep 07, 2010 07:46am
Hello Kris, Well I am sure Hafsa will be regreting now for putting Bopara in bracket and addressing india as arch-rivals. Frankly I don't think she meant it in a way it is anicipated as the saying goes... when I show you the moon, look at the moon not my fingure. Intent was right but you plug the error like a hunter waiting for his prey to make a mistake so he can target. I didn't even notice the 2 points you raised untill I read you post and read the article again. anyway you have a point too, it is all about our mindset and all of us need to change it. Have a nice day Hassan
M. Shoaib
Sep 07, 2010 07:43am
Incontrovertibly Aisam is the man of the moment, he is in the semis of the mixed doubles of the US open Tennis tournament, and he is the only one making us proud these days! Way to go Aisam!
Hassan
Sep 07, 2010 07:37am
Dear Bro, I am a die hard fan of Pakistani Cricket and I can understand your emotional attachement however we cannot deny the fact that the three players have done a great damage to not only our country but to the cricket sports itself. There is a video, there is a cash discovery from Salman's room and i don't think we need more evidence than this to prove that these guys are guilty. Personally I am very happy that these culprits are caught before the world cup if not they would have fixed the world cup matches. I think that Pakistan have the ability to produce another fast bowler like Amir in no time. We have the bowling resources trust me.
Hassan
Sep 07, 2010 07:19am
I totally agree with you Sharma. In fact I live in Malaysia and I have so many indian friends here that they out number my pakistani friends. We Pakistanis and Indians have so many things in common and we make good friends. 60 years of riviray has given us nothing so its about time to forgive and forget the past wrong doings and move forward with open hearts. As far as the tennis is concerned I am not a big fan of tennis to be very honest but I am a proud Pakistani and Asim you rock brother. God bless you and Rohan. Bring the title to subcontinent.... Cricket still rocks my life even without Amir/Asif/Butt. Cricket came in my life long before Amir knew how to hold the ball in his hand and perhaps even before he open his eyes. He is only 18 and I have been playing cricket for 20 years. I am no doubt upset and angry but nothing will take my passion for cricket away.....
Ghazi
Sep 08, 2010 09:56am
Can any body tell me which channel is airring the FINAL...
PSPUVACHA
Sep 08, 2010 10:03am
Latest: Aisam has reached the finals of mixed and semis of doubles. I really pray and hope that he goes onto win both the titles and hope that this opens the flood gates for many more such positive news of Pakistan. As an Indian I can confidently say that we prefer to receive many more such positive news out of Pakistan than news about infiltration, border firing, bomb blasts, accusations.. I hope that Ten sports telecasts all the remaining matches of Aisam!! And I hope that we will see him at next Chennai open ATP tournament.. Way to go Aisam..
Malik Akif
Sep 07, 2010 07:06am
Thank you, Aisam ... We are proud of you.
Ahmed Ayub
Sep 08, 2010 09:45am
Keep it up boy. Pakistan really needs some good news.
PSPUVACHA
Sep 08, 2010 09:49am
this guy now has reached the finals of Mixed doubles and semis of men's doubles.. i really pray and hope that he goes onto win both the titles and hope that this will open flood gates for such positive news out of Pakistan. As an Indian i can say confidently that we prefer to hear such positive news rather than news of infiltration, border firing, bomb blasts from Pakistan.. may Aisam script a new chapter for Pakistan particularly for the youth!! I would certainly be rooting for him and hope that Ten sports will telecast these matches live..
Pravin
Sep 07, 2010 06:51am
This is from today's tweet from Deepak Chopra. "Harboring resentments & grievances is like drinking poison & hoping it will kill your enemy--Nelson Mandela" - Pravin
Pravin
Sep 07, 2010 06:46am
Aisam and Rohan, Go guys go!! Enjoy your game and make your respective countrymen proud!! - Pravin
Ali Malik
Sep 07, 2010 06:30am
Sure we could. Hip Hip Hooray for that Right now after teh floods, I think there are countless opportunities, for both countries, to put aside the past and move forward, in all areas. Even put aside USA, as they love to divide and conquer.
Karim Javed
Sep 08, 2010 09:20am
Snatch all Sponsors from other teams and give it to Aisam :D
SYEDA GHINVA RAZA
Sep 07, 2010 06:01am
Wayy too goo AISAM!! i am sure millions of desperate sports loving youth is praying for your success!! n i guess MISS HAFSA u must have been delighted to have seen the news of Aiesamulhaq entring the semi finals,flashing in the headlines!
SK
Sep 07, 2010 06:00am
Aisam, thanks for holding our flag high at a time when someone had to make people smile. We owe it to you
Atique Ur Rehman
Sep 07, 2010 05:59am
A very well written article but I think the author missed one more achievment of Aisam's when he beat the then world number one, 16 times grand slam champion and a living legend Roger Federer in a doubles match. I believe Aisam deserves more than Sitarai Imtiaz and I would appeal to the Pakistani nation to give him a momorable welcome when he returns home. At the time when tour nation is so down with devastating floods, insecurity, poverty and ashamed of our corrupt leaders, beaurcrates and now the sportsmen, Aisam is the only one who has made us proud. Well done bro and keep it up!
Karim Javed
Sep 08, 2010 09:19am
Hey Dude Aisam am a big fan of yours keep it up Bro. YOU MADE US PROUD
Nida
Sep 07, 2010 05:49am
agree with YOU !!!!
A. A. Jafri
Sep 07, 2010 05:13am
Aisam is a breath of fresh air in a land polluted by corruption; a mature individual, who proudly partners with tennis players of different faith and persuasion. In a country rife with sectarianism and militancy, he seems like a lonely figure carrying the torch of enlightenment. What a sharp contrast to our shameless, uneducated and corrupt cricketers and their equally asinine administrators.
Zohaib (from Orkut Aisam club)
Sep 08, 2010 09:15am
We have been following him since he first made it to the Wimbledon and since then never looked back. I have been a fan when he was making news in the Challenger tournaments since the year 2000-01 and I always wanted him to make it big. Last year he was struggling as he couldn't decide whether to play doubles/singles, both or just doubles but then I think he has realised that its not easy for him to compete in singles with growing age. But boy they have made a solid partnership, with Bopanna as his friend and player from the same South Asian region I think they do complement each other well. Way to Aisam you deserve all the awards, appreciation, and love of our nation. Media should start giving the due attention to this HERO of our nation. Way to go Aisam, we are proud of u!
Bilal
Sep 07, 2010 04:44am
and.... Ten Sports channel should give coverage to Aisam.....
Sukhwinder Singh
Sep 07, 2010 04:39am
@Adnan, Rohan does not even speak the same language as Aisam. Rohan is from the south of India and he does not speak Hindi or Urdu. My point is, it does not matter. Language or religion does not have to be a stumbling block to friendship or a partnership. The literates on both sides need to erode this distrust between our two nations. The US, China and others are taking advantage of this and driving a wedge between us so that the two nations remain at a 'low-level equilibrium'.
Bilal
Sep 07, 2010 04:38am
I guess tennis is cute...:p
Bilal
Sep 07, 2010 04:38am
He does not play singles because its too late. He is 30 years old now where as he should have started playing in singles in 20s.
Bilal
Sep 07, 2010 04:36am
Well you can not compare cricket with tennis. Tennis is such a beautiful sports. I am very proud of Qureshi and have been tracking and appreciating him for his performance since last couple of Grand slams. Pakistan Government and media is neglecting all the other sports where Pakistan is as good as others are, like snooker, badminton and tennis as well. Being a passionate tennis player and sports man, I have requested government couple of times through news paper, suggesting them to make more and more tennis courts, soccer fields and other sports fields for youngsters in public parks where every one even those who can not afford pay high cost of clubs can enjoy their sporting life. Pakistan has such culture that most of parents are not happy with thinking of making their kids professional sports man. Every engineer wants his son to be an engineer and so is with doctor. Pakistan should have proper institutes for every sports which helps individuals to train and allow them to play at international levels. We never know how many Roger Federers and Qureshis we have, who can not afford playing on high costs.
shoeb
Sep 07, 2010 04:35am
about time, am a big Aisam fan he is been doing his stuff for a very long period now and he is been doing it ever so well people know that shoaib malik married and an Indian tennis star but are oblivious of this gem who is been fighting this lonesome battle without any support from the Pakistani government or people i just hope he win the us open with Rohan we should give him a heros welcome when he returns home(even if he doesn't the man deserve a nation award at-least ).
jahan
Sep 07, 2010 04:28am
I am Bangaldeshi,liveing abroad,yes I have seen out of the country always sub-continent people are best friends to each other.Specially India and Psakistani people.Don't understand why they behave revarse in their own atmosphere!
Kashan
Sep 07, 2010 04:09am
Hafsa, you wrote a nice article. We should appreciate to Aisam on his achievements for country. May he will win more titles for Pakistan.
shahzeb
Sep 07, 2010 04:15am
give him another pepsi ad. thats all we can do for him ...
Ijaz
Sep 07, 2010 04:21am
Mahmood sb. what else evidence you need to be proven guilty. The current Capitan and the whole team alongwith their Team Manager is sayign they are gulity. The only one who thinks they are not is Pakistani high Commissioner. Aisam deserves our appreciation.
Omar
Sep 07, 2010 04:23am
Mahmood, Hafsa is simply stating her opinion and quite a few agree with her. You are welcome to write a counter article stating your opinion. But, logically speaking we have lots of people running around Pakistan that are never proven guilty, it doesn't mean that they aren't guilty. In my opinion, our players are definitely guilty. When the rest of the system is corrupt, why would they be any different? Instead of complaining about how unfair the world is to Pakistan, which is another excuse for doing nothing as we lurch from one fiasco to another, why don't we take ownership of our issues and try our best to correct or at least speak out against the injustices we witness in our daily lives? Best Regards, Omar
Krishna
Sep 07, 2010 04:24am
In the subcontinent, cricket is killing (media) all other sports. Tennis and badminton inspite of their achievements in the world, get least publicity here. I hope one day cricket will die down for good.
sana yasin
Sep 07, 2010 03:56am
we are waisting our raw talent. stop wasting time on cricket.thumps up for pakistan number one.
Sohaib Z Khan
Sep 08, 2010 07:57am
Agreed! This shows the potential of this region, if they team-up, they could do many things in a better way, despite of the difference between the two countries.
Faraz M
Sep 08, 2010 08:07am
he meant India and Pakistan are arch rivals.
Shaharyar
Sep 08, 2010 08:28am
Thank You Aisam and Bhopana, make us proud, you already did but get us glory
owais
Sep 08, 2010 08:30am
Thank you, Aisam, for giving us a reason to read
Arslan
Sep 08, 2010 08:32am
Best of luck for the finals
Zara
Sep 08, 2010 08:32am
He made it to the mixed doubles finals! Go Aisam! :) Hope you win :)
Azeem
Sep 08, 2010 07:27am
Politics my friend its politics.
Goga Nalaik
Sep 08, 2010 07:37am
Well said Anand Goga Nalaik
imran tariq
Sep 08, 2010 07:38am
dear aasi u r doing a very good job go ahead and take care
SHARMA
Sep 07, 2010 03:28am
Dont you guys think we , India - Pak could do it together like this on all fronts, economic , social and global? Guys think before you hate!
Afz
Sep 08, 2010 06:21am
Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi's achievements in this year's US Open is for me the greatest sporting achievement in our sports history after the Hockey achievements of yester-years. Yes there were the Cricket and Squash triumphs but tennis is a global sports and it's far tougher to make it big in it compared to cricket and squash. Insha'Allah he'll bring home Gold in Commonwealth or asian games this year apart from a US open trophy.
Comfortably Numb
Sep 07, 2010 02:11am
Thanks for bringing the attention to something the most of Pakistanis did not know. Lets not mix cricket and Tennis. Aisam is doing what he does best, play Tennis. His performance has nothing to do with the cricket scandals nor it is his responsibility to lift the image. I think the big story is that both Rohan and Aisam have partnered for doubles and they deserve kudos to take this bold step, proving the point that politics and sports are at the opposite sides of the spectrum.
Al-Nasir
Sep 08, 2010 06:02am
keeeeep it upppppp.............
Mohsin Ali Hassan
Sep 07, 2010 01:33am
Thanx to Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi and even bigger thanx to Hafsa Adil ,,,,for reminding us all about some of Aisam's memorable performances this year,,,, as of now Aisam has achieved another mile stone by reaching Semi Final of mixed doubles with her partner Kveta Peschke,,,, he is achieving mile stone every month ,,, every week and even every day,,,, today he will be facing 10th seed pair in Grand Stand,,, midnight in Pakistan,,,,, Mark my words ,,,, as aged players are fading away slowly ,,,, this young pair will be in top Five very soon and Atp Tour Finals as well,,,, he is doing what ever he can ,,,, its our responsibility to promote him ,,, i am myself running the only frequently updated fan page featuring this great doubles pair which gives all the latest info i.e news, match schedule, match results, their achievements,,, i know Aisam is famous but only handful of people keep track his tour performances,,,,, thanx to Dawn Blog for publishing Aisam's blog "cross court with Aisam"
Saulat
Sep 08, 2010 05:17am
Wowww ... A rare good news ... Well done and keep it up Aisam ....
Hareem
Sep 07, 2010 01:15am
Hats off to Aisam. He is our hero. Instead of crying over our cricketers, we should praise him and bring him in the spot light to give him the right kind of acknowledgment which he actually deserves. this has always been our problem. we never invest our time and efforts in the right direction. Pakistan today desperately needs young men and women like Aisam who portray a very different and positive image of Pakistan to the World. Pakistan and all Pakistanis love you Aisam. I also pose a question to our media.... why are not these news posted in headlines and discussed as much as the bad ones are? Media, you represent us... so please stop playing with our country image and our feelings and show some maturity and responsibility. Thanks
Somu
Sep 07, 2010 01:03am
"arch-rival" indian??? It is in your mind. Stop the hatred. Pakistan as a country will be much better, if it decides to partner rather than live as "I hate India". Good Luck Aisam, you are breaking the walls and building friendship.
sana yasin
Sep 08, 2010 05:10am
very nice bro keep it up. plz stop thinking about cricket. stand up for champs
Aftab
Sep 07, 2010 12:48am
Thank you for the blog Hafsa. Aisam is a true hero but remains unsung for most of the time. I am not a tennis player but am an avid tennis fan and have been following Aisam's career for years. He is a glittering star in the otherwise murky world of our sports. Cricketers learn some class from him!
Mouzma
Sep 08, 2010 05:15am
Well said, hafsa! Hats off to Aisam! I don't follow tennis as much as i follow cricket, but I do keep an eye out for his performance in world class competitions. It's just sad and anguishing that media isn't playing a responsible role by giving this news as much coverage as the cricket controversy. As far as arch-rival thing is concerned, I understand that the pairing decision is a matter of rankings but I think Hafsa has just tried to imply that he has set an example that that Pakistan and India may not be exist peacefully in the political world, but the universal language of sports transcends all boundaries and his pair with Rohan Bopanna has brought the nations to another common ground, portraying a positive side of the people of Pakistan and India. It's a truly pleasant and overwhelming sight to see people with India's flag on one cheek and Pakistan's on the other coming to cheer for the pair. All the best ahead to Aisam and Rohan.
Ragu
Sep 06, 2010 11:45pm
Aisam has done more to peace between two countries - India and Pakistan, compared to most trash talking politicians. He looks great, plays nice and carries himself like a true gentleman. I intend to go root for him (probably with Pakistani-Indian flag). Sports, like arts, can bring people together. Wish Aisam and Rohan the very best. it is only a matter of time before they win a major tournament.
Talha
Sep 06, 2010 11:31pm
I agree
Jawad Rehman
Sep 06, 2010 10:58pm
And this just in... Aisam makes it to the semi-finals in Mixed Doubles, becoming the first ever Pakistani to be in the semis of a Grand Slam tournament in any category !!! He and Peschke (of Czech republic) won in three sets on Monday. He and his partner are really playing very well and have every chance to go all the way - Inshallah. He also is looking very good in the Men's Doubles, and hopefully can keep going !!!
Asad
Sep 08, 2010 02:05pm
It is not your fault, we understand you are afridi.. AG
Nasser Ali Khan
Sep 06, 2010 09:31pm
There is at least one sport in which Pakistan can be reasonably proud, given the decay in the other sports like hockey and squash in which we ruled the world. Cricket for the last 10 plus years has largely been a disaster and an embarrasement for us. I pray for Aisam's continued success. He also seems to be a person of good and bold character to have partnered both Indian and Israeli players. Finally, thank you Hafsa for continuing to inform us of our hero!
Salman
Sep 06, 2010 09:29pm
Sure, Kudos to to his ilk. Aisam deserves all the praise for what he has acheived. He is capable of more. Pak has got a few more unsung heroes like Jahangir Khan & Jansher Khan in squash. But irony is, in countries like India & Pakistan cricket precedes every other sport and achievers in sports other than other than cricket get a raw deal. You are talking abt Aisam 'coz the cricket team losing now & is embrolied in controversies. But once they win a single match, the focus shall change & he will get completely sidelined. For a change, let us not do so. For, he is the saving grace of a nation which was disgraced by a bunch of unscrupulous cricketers.
zafar
Sep 06, 2010 09:06pm
write article about how bad cricket players are. If you want to write about how good a tennis player is, why do you have to mention cricketer's trashy behavior? Learn to appreciate one goodness without comparing it with crap.
Mohammed Abbasi
Sep 06, 2010 08:22pm
Indeed true.... :)
Amit
Sep 06, 2010 08:21pm
'Arch rival Indian player' , dude you need to introspect..You started very well with the blog but flater in the middle.I think its ONE OF YOU who has to change and then ask other.They are doing well so appriciate it as a player.Glory will be at Aisam feet and I hope he dont have a mentality like yours, and I am sure he dont have, thats why he parterned with your so call ''Arch rival Indian player'.It would be better if you compliment both.Dont be prejudice.
Maha
Sep 06, 2010 08:06pm
Hafsa! You are right. Aisam deserves our appreciation. Rather than wasting time on mourning for our cricketers, we should applaud Aisam. Thank you Aisam! Keep winning and make us proud.
Iwonder
Sep 06, 2010 07:34pm
Nish (India) >>> I agree with you. I say lets eradicate this mentality of keeping up the Jones and focus on whats happening in your own backyard. As a Pakistani, I regret that. The blogger need not bring the issue of such nature. Its a sports blog and not a dueling contest. I also agree that the blogger should have focused on Mr. Aisam and not the shameful cricketers. HAFSA, nxt time plz focus on the individual in mind, his achievements, and not the sidekicks.
Isfand
Sep 06, 2010 06:45pm
I think he was trying to ironic by saying "Arch rival partner"
Mahmood
Sep 06, 2010 06:41pm
Keep your analysis to tennis...Aisam is good and deserves appreciation, but stop slapping 'fixers' labels to a cricketer who was a bigger buzz in cricketing world than anyone in last ten years...write a full article on them when they will be proven guilty...till then, focus on tennis only if that's what you are talking about
Waqas Ahmed
Sep 06, 2010 06:11pm
Big up to Aisam! He certainly is the lone flag bearer for Pakistan tennis. But I would have loved to see him playing in singles matches too,I wonder why he does not take part in singles ties as he is a good enough player to reach the top.
Mazahir
Sep 06, 2010 05:57pm
Yes!! We need these kind of articles... A great guy representing Pakistan not only in the tennis court, but also outside the court... I heard of him arranging a fundraiser between Federer and Nadal, the two tennis greats.. the artricle should have covered it aswel..
salman
Sep 06, 2010 05:40pm
@Nish Ans: for the same reason you classified your self as an indian:)
Kris
Sep 06, 2010 05:33pm
It shows that Pakistan pride is in Indian hands and that was the reason you put Bopara the Qureshi partner in the bracket. It is time Hafsa should give more credit to partnership with India as the triumph go hand in hand. With out Bopara you would not have written this article. I am glad Qureshi has made Pakistan proud but there was no need for you to bracket Bopara as from arch-rival India. If that is the message you portay in your paper I am afraid the feelings in many Indian mind will be the same i.e why Indian is partnership with our number one enemy Pakistan.
Kubra
Sep 06, 2010 05:21pm
And don't you all think he is very cute too :):)
Faizah
Sep 06, 2010 05:05pm
Aisam-ul Haq is doing a wonderful job and deserves a great deal of appreciation and support. Cricket is no doubt the bigger sport in Pakistan but individuals that are doing their nation proud should always be highlighted. I hope that he can inspire others Pakistanis to enter the exciting sport of tennis. And it doesn't matter what the nationality of his partner may be, as long as he continues to play with honesty and sincerity, that's all that matters.
Magsi
Sep 06, 2010 04:58pm
You are doing all of us proud here in Pakistan Aisam. I wish you the best and pray for your success in this month. Please bring some joy to the Pakistani public, especially to those struggling due to the flooding.
Sathish Reddy
Sep 06, 2010 04:31pm
Good article. I would have preferred a little more about the " Unlikely partneship" and the "unlikely friendship " of the 2 young boys. These two guys have done what more than 60 years of diplomacy could not - " ENGAGE EACH OTHER ". Prolonged engagement has brought fantastic results. I have followed these two from the beginning because they made headlines for being together rather than their results. Slowly and steadily they have risen, for us Indians, in the shadows of Leander and Mahesh, and in time they have carved a mighty niche for themselves. They are least bit bothered about the conspiracies of two govts. They are just going about doing what they do best and doing a great job. Can the people who matter learn anything from this - No they cant and wont. We just need to go on finding more of these tie-ups, partnerships, and unions. I have also seen unabashed love being shown for young "Khurram' in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest. This from his colleagues, the mentors and the audience in the hall. I appreciate him and support him because he is getting a chance to do what I would have loved to do - Break barriers. Thanks to the tennis duo, Kurram and other music imports from Pakistan, things are changing. One day may be I would get a chance to see Pakistan as a tourist. A dream that I am living for.
Raj Patel
Sep 06, 2010 03:37pm
It is illogical to write partner and 'Arch Rival Indian Players'. If he is a partner then he can't be his arch rival and vice versa. Don't put words in his mouth. Ask him about how he rate his relationship with his Indian partner? you will get correct answer.
Vairamuthu (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India)
Sep 06, 2010 03:30pm
I agree with Nish. There is no need to mention about the word "arch-rival." Let us wish both of them good luck in their tennis careers. I don't see the nationality of the players. I am a great fan of Imran Khan, Inzi bhai and Saeed Anwar. Let us forget the nationality and appreciate talented players anywhere in the world.
Friend from India
Sep 06, 2010 03:22pm
Aisam's spectacular progress so far also signifies how a partnership between the "arch rivals" benefits both the countries, more so Pakistan, in my humble opinion.
Mirza Baig
Sep 06, 2010 02:32pm
I agree with Nish. This is journalistic style of Western media to quote, anytime India and Pakistan mentioned together" as as arch-rival. It is utter non-sense. At least the sub-continent media should avoid this stereo-typing. Also the QuaideAzam is quoted as saying that "Indian and Pakistan will be friendly neighbor with soft border just as US and Canada.
Zia
Sep 06, 2010 02:28pm
Indeed Aisam is a lone warrior, just like many others in Pakistan. Everyone outside Pakistan is really an ambassador, and an sports person more so. You have forgotten to add that ( according to news) he is trying to setup fund raising matches for flood victims at high level tennis and has contacted ATP. May Allah bless him and Rohan with more success.
Adnan (Pak)
Sep 06, 2010 02:24pm
Very nice comments. I support this thinking. One more thing I would like to add here. It would be very effective if people make sportsmen from other games as national heroes. Promoting them at each and every level (even at the everyday social discussion level) will help them promoting.
Adnan (Pak)
Sep 06, 2010 02:11pm
In an interview with Aisam, he has called Rohan a friend of his first and then a partner. Speaking same language is making them understand each other better. There are many many examples of friendships between Pakistani and Indian people when they live outside south asia. So I think your point is valid. In sport there is only sports rival nothing else. Why people keep this double standards I didnt understand.
Armughan
Sep 06, 2010 02:09pm
I have been following Aisam since he was in his juniors and certainly a player who has done his country proud. May ALLAH has his blessings on him. I sure do hope he would go beyond the quarter final stage in US Open.
AK
Sep 10, 2010 04:13am
Is that really your last name?
afifa
Sep 06, 2010 01:56pm
what else do our cricket players deserve?
ramoona
Sep 06, 2010 02:01pm
Great achievement. Our media needs to learn not to always potray the bad. Credit should be given where it is needed and due. Another thing this prooves is that if India and Pakistsan would learn to coexist peacefully, and cooperate we both can be very succesful and achieve a lot. It is hard to survive if you make an enemy of your closest neighbour. We may have different religions but we are the same people and we need to love and respect each other. We as muslims should always remember our Prophet Muhammad was Rehmatullil Aliemeen, not just Rehmatulil Muslimeen.
Asad Karim
Sep 06, 2010 01:23pm
Kudos for a wonderful write up on Aisam. I was following yesterday's match on the internet (US Open Website), very excited to see how comprehensively they beat the number 2 seeds of the US Open Tournament. This will clearly move them up a notch in the Australian Open next January. Hopefully Aisam and Rohan will continue their winning streak, so far not done yet at the US Open. What a treat it would be to see them play against the Bryan brothers in the semi's or the final. Way to go! Dallas, TX
Jamal
Sep 06, 2010 01:22pm
why not????
Ali
Sep 06, 2010 01:19pm
I totally agree...
Jamal
Sep 06, 2010 01:17pm
@Nish......I totally agree with you. At my school, being a Pakistani, I have made many Indian friends. They are as dear to me as any of my other friends. We, especially the youth should should come out of this mind set. The appreciation goes both to Aisam and Rohan. I wish them success :)
akbar
Sep 06, 2010 01:08pm
It,s pleasing that someone is carrying the green flag forward with pride & dignity.
zafar
Sep 06, 2010 12:54pm
The title of the article should have been: In appreciation of Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and a rant against Pakistani Cricket team! Qureshi is a good player and doing excellent job, but why the rant against cricket team?
Saeed
Sep 06, 2010 12:44pm
One our young athletes recently won a gold medal in boxing in the recently convened youth games too, which he dedicated it to the flood victims. He barely got five seconds of coverage on the news ticker. Why do we keep complaining about having no heroes, if we keep refusing to give media coverage to the ones we already have? Cricket isn't the only sport in the world, and a media diet restricted to self-flagellation alone is depressing and demoralizing. Way to go Aisam! How about Dawn TV setting an example by giving him more coverage?
Nish (India)
Sep 06, 2010 12:27pm
Well it is good that you hear something good about Pakistani sportsperson (and I hope he delivers much more than this) but i strongly disagree with the blogger bracketing his partner as "Arch Rival Indian". Why do you have to bring it? Why can't it just be his "Partner"?
Omar
Sep 06, 2010 12:22pm
Absolutely right, Hafsa. I think Aisam's accomplishment is huge and a real plus. However, our selfish cricketers have cast such a dark shadow on the nation's image, that even this bright ray of sunshine can barely penetrate our national consciousness. Best Regards, Omar
Teimoor
Sep 06, 2010 12:17pm
Here here! I have been following Aisam for a long time now. And for one agree that he needs more coverage than has been given . Pakistan is in dire need of role models and he could be just that man
Abdullah Khan
Sep 06, 2010 12:07pm
The guy is a true warrior and his fighting spirit is commendable. Pak might not have provided him or other prospective tennis players with the facilities and the right type of coaching but the least we can do is portray him as a hero. I must say there cannot be a better athlete brand ambassador in Pak today for many reasons.
ARIES99
Sep 06, 2010 12:10pm
The Government and Sports Ministry needs to take the lead and provide the infrastructure, facilities and the encouragement for other sports across the country so that our youth can play and enjoy other games as well (hockey, squash, swimming, boxing, football, tennis, athletics, table tennis etc) and spend their energies in sports instead on other destructive activities. We have virtually no good quality grounds and halls for all these sports in our country so how do we expect our kids to play these ganes. They seems to get more excited in burning tyres and throwing stones, as it is free and available round the corner!
kamranM
Sep 08, 2010 01:38pm
Very excited to see him in the final and semifinal of a grand slam although would have preferred if he wouldn't have paired with an Indian. Best of Luck Aisam for upcoming matches.
kamranM
Sep 08, 2010 01:42pm
How about glancing through indian newspapers to see how they feel before you make any further comments about indian "not our arch-rival".
Arsalan Zia
Sep 09, 2010 07:12pm
Have no words to describe his and his teammate devotion for the country............... Both are already winner for me. Win or loss in the final dont matter to me anymore.
Maria S
Sep 09, 2010 05:25pm
You've summed up the situation pretty well.
Shahan
Sep 08, 2010 04:36am
Couldn't agree more wity you.
indian
Sep 08, 2010 04:23am
They have reached semifinals now. Good Luck to them !!
Ejaz
Sep 08, 2010 04:17am
I don't think it is reasonable to generalize one or for that matter a few incidents over the entire lot of cricketers in this country. Don't forget that this country has produced one of the finest players in cricketing world who have dominated the world of cricket during their careers. Just because a few guys are allegedly involve in a fixing scandal doesn't mean everybody is corrupt especially when the allegations are yet to be proven. Aisam on the other hand is doing a good job. There is absolutely no doubt about taht. But why dont' you accept taht fact taht Cricket is the most popular game than tennis is in this country? Your post is suggesting as if the entire nation is guilty of supporting the cricket because it can fixed and therefore should start liking tennis even if they don't like it?
Raj
Sep 08, 2010 03:51am
What do you think is the meaning of last line that makes you ask the question?
rabia
Sep 08, 2010 03:35am
v won da world cup in cricket last year...............was it so forgetteble???
sayra
Sep 08, 2010 03:04pm
Aisam we r so v proud of u! Best of luck to Aisam & Rohan for the final! Keep the spirits high!!!
Ambreen Salman
Sep 08, 2010 03:26am
Remember early 90s when Pakistani nation was hooked to Wembeldon on PTV. I hope the same times return and we turn to something positive and prosperous. Hats off to Aisam, busy into what is required of an honest man doing his work.
rabia
Sep 08, 2010 03:07am
really hammad...........a pretty tainted history.........like winning da world cup last year.........wat if sum1 were to accuse aisam of sumthing...........im sure for u he'l also b tainted n forgotten..............learn to respect ur heroes..........one more hero doesnt giv u the rite to make 1 less!
rabia
Sep 08, 2010 03:21am
gud to c aisam finally being praised for his efforts...........i have been following his career since he was a junior n wud always tell my frnds about his achievments............dis country is blessed wid so much talent n passion.........i think it is da only way it is still surviving without any institutions............ while i like da things said about aisam......i am sickened how easy it has become for us to defame n redicule our other sportsmen n heroes da way done in da opening of dis article...............i remember watchin an interview of aisam wid young mohammad aamir a few months back n i cannot believe dat v ppl r so guillible dat v wud believe any crap from a foreign media against such talent n start taking their lead in labeling them as cheats b4 they even hav been proven such.......... dat is wat i fear 4 aisam............not a single hero of dis country has been left untainted....by false allegations or media n gov policies......v ppl hav never protected our heroes in their bad times..........i hope v learn how to............b4 v giv da same treatment to dis gift of ALLAh....may v always c aisam wid his beautifull smile n wid a rackett in his hand!
Irfan Hussain (London)
Sep 15, 2010 09:51pm
Thank you Aisam for giving us happiness !! may God bless you always and you keep winning.
rabia
Sep 08, 2010 03:02am
they may deserve a little more respect for being da only sportsmen around for a many a years now who hav been continously bringing glory from da highest levels to a country where good news hardly makes a presence...........for eg.......its been a year....only a year when da same ppl v like to trash about lifted da same green flag in da same country where they r being discredited for daring to win a world cup for a country such as our.................. u kno wat i fear for aisam da most..........r fans like u...........who r there only for da gud times!!!
nehan khalid
Sep 11, 2010 01:25pm
It sounded out of the world when he praised his country infront of the whole world...Its really diffcult to deceide whats more inspirational,his game or his character...For me he is the only the WINNER..the CHAMP...Thanks AISAM !!!
Prasad
Sep 07, 2010 10:46am
Aisam's arch rival is Rohan?? Since when??
Sid
Sep 09, 2010 12:22pm
Well Afz, Aisam is certainly a very good player. But how can you disrespect Bopanna like that for no reason? Besides the other part of your comment was pretty strange too. Was there any reason to bring in people like (12 Grand slam, 8 ATP masters winner & Olympic, Asiad medallist) Leander Paes at all? Or was there any reason to ignore Bhupathi(11 slam, 12 ATP masters, Asian games medallist) even if you decided to start that mindless comparison of present Asian players? Besides in singles if he is second only to Nishikori then where does Yen-soon loo, Denis Istomin or a certain Somdev dev burman stand? Don't get me wrong but why is it so important to humiliate an Indian even when your own Aisam is shining so bright and doesn't need that type of hypocrisy?
sri
Sep 08, 2010 12:54am
Unfortunately, role models like Aisam which would be a natural thing in most places, is like anathema to powers that be. Maybe he could have gotten more popularity and recognition within Pakistan by not playing alongside an Indian, but kudos to him and Rohan for helping stage one of the rare occasions where Indians and Pakis have come together without the 'us versus them' rhetoric pulling either down.
Tom Collins
Sep 07, 2010 11:02pm
Qureshi is the best! So many in sports have given it a bad name. We need more like him.
Imran
Sep 07, 2010 10:19pm
Good achievement by Aisam and India's Bopanna in tennis doubles play....Hats off to Aisam for uplifting Pakistan's image...Aisam is ranked No. 51 in doubles in the world but in singles he is ranked only No. 1,062 in the world, according to the ATP Tennis website. Still an excellent achievement by Pak tennis standards...
zain
Sep 07, 2010 10:21pm
yeah...i had streamed aisams wimbledon matches and cant find any website for the us open thus have to see the live scores...geo super should atleast get his recordings and play them later on if not live..ten sports have the worst coverage of a grand slam..i remember even star sports gave full coverage to aisam vs safin match during wimbledon 2008
Danyal
Sep 07, 2010 08:36pm
We Pakistanies should support him.....media too!!!
tahir khan
Sep 07, 2010 07:43pm
Aisam, you have provided the youth of Pakistan a role model to reckon with. At this time of doom & despair when the young ones don't see anybody to look forward to in any walk of life to relate themselves to, you are the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for raising the national flag high! Be there, the Torch Bearer! Be the One to lead the Tribe!
Romesh Saini
Sep 07, 2010 07:35pm
Well said Neerja, I couldn't have said better myself. Thanks
Afridi
Sep 07, 2010 07:34pm
What is the meaning of your last line?
neerja
Sep 07, 2010 05:34pm
I am an indian and I am as proud of Aisam as I am of Rohan. They are lifting the subcontinent flag high
Hammad
Sep 07, 2010 05:40pm
Oh please will you just stop with the conspiracy theories already...its laughable...Even so, it doesn't matter if they are guilty or not anymore...they've brought enough bad light to Pakistan and the game of cricket that they should just take a back seat and keep away from the game...Pakistan is filled with cricketing talent and 3 players don't make a difference!
Noman
Sep 09, 2010 07:39am
Way to go Aisam-ul-Haqq You have made the whole nation proud of you at a time when the cricketers have tainted the image so badly and it goes on to show that there is more to Pakistan then just coruption,bombings,Taliban n Match-Fixing! Long Live Pakistan.
Nadeem
Sep 07, 2010 02:31pm
You don't seem to understand rhetoric it seems. The author used the word 'arch-rival' rhetorically to point out that even though India and Pakistan are considered arch-rivals, they can work together and achieve great success.
Afz
Sep 09, 2010 07:03am
In men's Tennis, Aisam at present is the most revered Asian player. In doubles he can be compared with only Paes while in singles he is second only to Nishikori. I too think that he is wasting his potential playing with Bopanna. He should team up with Mirnyi or Zimonic. And he should also concentrate on singles... he is our best bet for a Commonwealth or Asiad Gold this year.
JK
Sep 07, 2010 02:22pm
I would love to see specatators with Indian and Pakistani flags chearing for the pair. What as sight will it be! I hope one day these countries team up beyond this pair and find the glorious place in the world!
Umang
Sep 09, 2010 07:02am
Indian Newspaper don't say arch rival dude! They just say Indo-Pak team. I read the article today morning in The Hindu.
yasar
Sep 07, 2010 02:16pm
Aisam is playing his mens doubles QF and mixed doubles SF tonight. The matches can be followed tonight at www.usopen.org. The site contains all the details about schedule and draws and players profile. InshaAllah aisam will win us open. I am following his accent for last many years.
Hamza Abbas
Sep 07, 2010 01:56pm
Good point...but then again howcome you have not made this YOUR cover story?
Kamran
Sep 07, 2010 01:52pm
These cricketers have a pretty tainted history of selling country's honor. Imran khan has been saying match-fixing has been happening since 1993 and it still continues. What more proofs do you need? DO you really think these guys are innocent? Think again, we don't need anymore proofs and investigations.
Raza
Sep 07, 2010 01:36pm
All Praises to Allah the Most Merciful & Most Graceful, AOA, First of all I would to thank the writer for such a nice and positive article. May Allah succeed Aisam in his good efforts to make his Country proud, Ameen. We. Indeed, should stand side by side in supporting our true ambassadors around the world. Go Aisam Go !!!!! Raza.
Huma Rizwan
Sep 09, 2010 06:54am
Well done Aisan!! We are very proud of you. At a time when things are going so bad for our country you have lifted our spirits. You are an inspiration for the youth of Pakistan.
Salman
Sep 07, 2010 12:58pm
Thia Guy is a hero. I Live In USA. I follow him. My Son Plays tennis and i tell him that look we have a good Pakistani Sportsman. We love you Qureshi.
PSPUVACHA
Sep 09, 2010 06:49am
Kamran, unfortunately thanks to people like you who want to see "bad things" even in "good Development" there will never be total peace in this part of the world.. people like you instead of "watering" the plant unconditionally you'd like to take the decision of watering based on who " planted" the plant.. though in reality the plant will give the same benefits irrespective who planted it..
Abdul Aziz
Sep 09, 2010 06:37am
This a great laural Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi has brought for Pakistan in these tough times for Pakistan, as he has reached finals of both mixed doubles and doubles, & become the 1st Pakistani to do so, even if he loses (which I don't like to say); thumbs up for Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, keep it up, we pray for you.
Rafa
Sep 09, 2010 06:30am
Kamran; It's unfortunate that you infer the perspective of billion people based on some newspaper.
Rahul
Sep 09, 2010 05:49am
People like u Kamran r the reason ur country is suffering rite now...shw me one link in indian news paper which defames pakistan....UTTER NON SENSE from u
Ahmed from Doha
Sep 09, 2010 05:16am
All the best Aisam
Rija Zaidi
Sep 09, 2010 05:07am
One of our local channel is more interestred to show champions league cricket where no one from Pakistan is playing nor any Pakistani team/club is invited. Why this local channel is so keen to show Indian league matches instead of Aisam matches in US Open - I have no idea!!!
auranzeb
Sep 09, 2010 04:34am
We were proud of you and you have made our nation to be more proud. We all pray that you would give a great news to nation in this time of distress. We Pakistanis all love you as you are second to none in your field.
Salil
Sep 09, 2010 04:25am
That was a terrible comment. Aisam is a good player. You should be proud of him not only for his sporting feet but also at the courage for overcoming all the odds of pairing with an Indian. Kudos. If all Indians and Pakistanis have the courage shown by these two, the world would have been a different place. I salute you guys.
benign
Sep 09, 2010 03:43am
For God sake, for once leave politics and take sport as a sport. Becuase of people like you, we have not progressed as a nation, always gettign a bad image in the world. Whats wrong being paired with an Indian. Arent dey humans? Grow up please. Its high time we should get ourself acts together. Peace
Punter
Sep 09, 2010 03:45am
At this point of time, I'll call your mentality - cheap..
rocky
Sep 09, 2010 03:17am
Readthe indian papers first and then comment kamran..
Asif Bhatti
Sep 07, 2010 11:53am
Wsalm Raheel. Nothing is proved. those who frammed us are equally guilty. Please dont be too quick to point fingers.
Shahid Malik
Sep 08, 2010 08:35pm
Aisam has now reached the FINALS of both the Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the 2010 US Open! Quite a feat!! Congratulations Aisam and all Pakistan Tennis fans.
sb
Sep 08, 2010 08:47pm
Oh please keep the Government and Beaureucracy away from them - they do not do any good. My hats off to both of them. In the finals - good luck.
Adil
Sep 08, 2010 08:53pm
They just moved to the FINALS of the US Open Mens doubles !!!!!! I saw the whole match in my office. Keep on rolling Aisam !!!
Ravi
Sep 08, 2010 09:45pm
Imagine a cricket team comprising of kapil dev,Imran khan, Gavaskar,Akram,qadir,madan,bedi, and so on. I guess together we can accomplish more than not being........ Hope for the best.
Gaurav Dixit
Sep 08, 2010 09:33pm
Awesome news, not only these two are a majestic couple, yet they are hinting something, isn't? If we unite, not only we can do wonders, we can defeat the enemy within state of ours. Hell, i would pay anything to both cricket unite, "sehwag" opening with "afridi", Gul bowling deadly yorkers along side with zaheer. But sadly the formula british applied a long time back, still haunt us. Divide and rule! People are still same but instead of Britishers we have few politicians who wont let this die.
Al-Nasir
Sep 07, 2010 11:40am
good article we are in need of change and his wins can play vital role in boosting the morale of the flood and fixing affected nation. He deserves more than only the medal. but as usual our people doesnt know how to act in any matter. wether its flood, match fixing, earlier charges of match fixing, war on terror and even now its aisam on the go. Well Done Aisam, Best of luck and go ahead we are with you
Maz hasan
Sep 09, 2010 02:17am
The guys gonna make history at Flushing Meadows!:)
Waqas Rasool
Sep 09, 2010 02:09am
Proud of You !!!! AisaM!
Maz hasan
Sep 09, 2010 02:11am
Give him a bat & he will do the rest, well said. Aisam, a 98 turned pro has been on the circuit for 12 years now.One needs a million $ to become a player of this caliber. Most of them are trained in Florida Academies.More info on usopen.org.... His performance this year has been phenomenal. Both Aisam & Rohan , in 30s are now ranked 16th(doubles). What an achievement. This year they played all 4 grand slams, US open being the best they ever had. Big days ahead, mixed double final against Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan, ranked #1, both of US on Thursday and mens doubles on Friday. Excllent! hope the wind blows his way!Good luck Duos. Give this Nation something to celebrate!
Talha Bin Masood
Sep 07, 2010 10:59am
I would just say....let Aisam be like how is right now, he is doing a great job. I am afraid if the spotlight (rather Pakistani style spotlight i.e. media, public, government, parliament committees...judiciary) would be turned towards him/his performance......he would not be able to bear the pressure of all that mess, which will surely manage to let his performance do down. He is performing great because, right now he is free from the feeling that the whole nation is expecting something from him and he has to perform. Aisam! keep up the good work!....
jssidhoo
Sep 09, 2010 01:59am
Pairing with arch rivals is the way ahead for India & Pakistan maybe their success will show the blind ' powers that be' in our countries the way
Raheel Mehboob Rehman
Sep 07, 2010 10:37am
Salam, This is our Real Hero, not like those fixers. We all r proud of Him. And pray for him that he take the cup and bring it to Paksitan. He is the Real Pakistani.
Faisal Taimoor Khan
Sep 08, 2010 12:48pm
He plays in true sports spirit he deserves some government recognition.
Asim
Sep 07, 2010 10:23am
Full points to the writer and people who have been following aisam's performance. He deserves a lot more coverage in media. Though our nation is not a big tennis fan, yet his performance gives us great pride and joy. Taking a leaf out of aisam's book, i think we should all strive to deliver our best in our respective fields, to make this country and this world a lot better place to live in. For people talking about Pakistan-India partnership, they should not stop there. it can be Pakistan+ any other country or India + any other country. Believe in humanity of world, not in singularity of nations. I hope one day no nation will have any barriers for other nation. Unrealistic dream but i will cling to it
Vairamuthu (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India)
Sep 07, 2010 09:54am
Well said Mirza.
Maria S
Sep 08, 2010 04:08pm
His achievements and that of his of his team members is truly remarkable. Winning against odds. I would like to comment on Aisam's personal achievements; it is quite a remarkable feat given the time he has been on the tour. I believe he started around 18 years old. It is very heartening to see that he has worked very hard and never given up on chasing his dreams. No doubt he came across some bumps in the road along the way but his determination and hard work is really to be commended. Hats off to his efforts and that of his team, his family and supporters. Here is wishing him continued success. Got get'em guys!
Tausif Ahmed Khan
Sep 08, 2010 02:34pm
Hi Aisam and Rohan, You both guys set a feather of proud for both of the nations. Thanks a lot for giving the nation a cheer in such a situation where whole the nation is down. You have played such a great game and I wish you a Very Best Of Luck for both the events. May you win both of them. Thanks again.
HS
Sep 08, 2010 03:30pm
Very excited and glad to hear the news :) The nations salutes u Aisam :)!! U are our pride , keep it up !! All our prayers are with you !!!
jssidhoo
Sep 09, 2010 01:37am
Dear kamranM India & Pakistan have tried hate & enmity for the last 60 odd yrs . This tennis duo's success is telling us to think again
Irfan Hussain
Sep 08, 2010 01:18pm
Unfortunately, I have not seen any news channel or newspaper giving proper coverage to this
Srikanth
Sep 08, 2010 01:13pm
Dear Asif, Appreciate your comments; however, Times of India did have the vision that you were hoping for - the link that Dawn has on the above blog page ("an arch-rival Indian player") is to an August 14, 2010 article on Times of India that clebrated this pair's successes as well as their message of peace. Check it out. Peace. Srikanth
Syed Imad
Sep 08, 2010 01:13pm
I don't know about everyone else but I've had enough of cricket.
Aamir BHATTI
Sep 08, 2010 11:56am
All the best Aisam!! We all wish u good luck!! May lady luck smiles on you on ur D day!! U made us feel proud!! At least we got a soft image news for the rest of the world!! Thanks!! and GOOD LUCK.
Junaid Ahmed
Sep 09, 2010 01:30am
Well Done ! I am very Proud of You . I think he is one of the sportsman in Pakistan who is determined to work for the country in the field of tennis. We as a Pakistanis should support him (and his team) as far as possible. Furthermore, Aisam-Ul-Haq should also be given MORE media coverage and his match should be live telecast through PTV as he is representing Pakistan there. Good Luck Aisal-ul-Haq
Syed Waqar Hassan
Sep 09, 2010 01:21am
Dear Sathish, 60 years of riviry has given both countries nothing to cheer about and it is time for us to forgive and forget whatever happened in the past..... You have a very good point, we need more partnerships, more engagements and more trust to stengthen our relationship....
Vin
Sep 09, 2010 01:46am
Dear Folks, I am so thrilled with this partnership and I hope they win! Though, I think I am very broadminded in thinking, when it came to help Pakistan for flood relief, I was a bit hesitant and actually thinking about it!! Then I saw on TV, all the Pakistani people suffering in the camps..! They looked just like my family... nothing different.. I immediately took the phone and pledged some money! I think all the differences are in our own heads...and if we actually see the people, we see one of our own..!
Hassan
Sep 09, 2010 12:58am
Hahaha well said Madhu... I am not sure if he will do better or not but one thing for sure, we will know that he is playing with honesty and didn't fix the match. Having said that it is better for him not to hold a bat if not the next thing we know that the match-fixing pakistani cricketing culture went in his tennis culture.... hahaha
Syed Waqar Hassan
Sep 09, 2010 01:02am
He is in the finals now.... Syeda..... Aisam all the best to you for both the finals... Men's Double and Mixed Double..... Lift the title.... Lets all pray for him.... just imagine he win both finals.... he will be lifting two titles in one tournament.....
M ADAM KHAN
Sep 08, 2010 04:21pm
I don't know why every body start supporting in the end. Before supporting previous achievements of Aisam people or media disappeared. No Pakistan government no media of Pakistan supported him. Aisam ul haq is a great asset of Pakistan and he has reached on this level by himself. Shame on Pakistan Government. I request to media and Pakistan government please keep supporting him and tennis. Inshaallah Aisam will win this final, if he does win, it will be great achievement than 1992 cricket world cup.
Maria S
Sep 08, 2010 04:41pm
I meant go get'em guys :-)
Vijay Shah
Sep 08, 2010 06:07pm
Well said, Mr Husain! Qureshi is the mixed doubles finals! Qureshi/Bopanna is also in the mens doubles semi final! A remrakable achievement for him personally and for Pakistan as a nation. The media covergage is not good because very often newsmedia blindly reproduce what the Western Media covers (with the same 'importance' as AP, AFP and Reuters give to Asian successes!)....
Vijay Shah
Sep 08, 2010 06:11pm
Mr KamranM, Why so negative?? Indian newspapers DO NOT have any negative comments on the pairing... or on Qureshi personally. All Indians support Bopanna / Qureshi pair's success.
Madhu Lall
Sep 08, 2010 05:59pm
Give him a bat, maybe he would do better than the pakistani cricket team put together!