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  Aisam ul Haq Qureshi  
  Starstruck  
 

- Age: 30 (17.03.1980)


- Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan


- Residence: Lahore, Pakistan


- Height: 6' (183 cm)


- Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)


- Plays: Right-handed


- Turned Pro: 1998


- Coach: Robert Davis


- Nickname: Somi


- Siblings: Zain ul Haq and Shiza Hassan


 


Aisam ul Haq was raised in a sporting family where his mother, Nosheen Ihtsham, was a former Pakistan No. 1 tennis player. Educated at Punjab University Lahore, he helps support a family-run charity 'Haq Foundation'. He is a former World No. 7 junior player (July 1998). His goal in tennis is, "to make it a popular sport in Pakistan, to win a Grand Slam and to win a gold medal for Pakistan at the Asian Games".


He has won the most Davis Cup matches for Pakistan, being the most successful singles and doubles player ever. He is also half of the most successful doubles pairing for Pakistan (with Aqeel Khan) in the country's sporting history.


Aisam and his partner Rohan Bopanna have created a campaign, Stop War Start Tennis, with their goal to play a match on the border joining India and Pakistan.


 


Did you know?


- Loved swimming and cricket before taking up tennis.


- Idols growing up were Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker


- Favourite surface is grass


- Favourite shot is backhand volley


- Hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, football and spending time with nephew


- Supports Liverpool and Real Madrid football clubs


- Favourite sporting personalities are Michael Jordan and Mohammad Ali


 


Awards:


- Presidentís Award for Performance by the Government of Pakistan on 14 August 2004; The Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year Award for 2002


- Triple gold medalist at first Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia in 2005


- Salam Pakistan Youth Award by President of Pakistan on 14 August 2007


- Runner-up for the 2003 Anne Frank Award For Moral Courage by the Anne Frank Trust, UK


- Selected as a 'Champion of Peace' by Peace and Sport World Forum, Monaco.


 


Career Titles/Finals:


Doubles Career Titles:


2010: Johannesburg (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Hard)


Doubles Career Finalist:


2010: US Open (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Hard), New Haven (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Hard), Nice (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Clay) and Casablanca (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Clay)


2008: Newport (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Grass)


2007: Mumbai (w/Bopanna,Outdoor/Hard)


 


Medals:


He won three gold medals in the year 2005 in Men's Tennis Islamic Solidarity Games for singles, doubles and team.


 


Aisam tweets:


Saba_Imtiaz: Seriously, cut funding to cricket and give it to tennis players like Aisam. What a great match.


hassaan_a: standing ovation for Aisam-ul-Haq and Rohan Bopanna have made us so proud!! :) We want to see more of him!


meAmna:Aisam Qureshi we love u! Great man, even better Pakistani!


kaalakawaa: Well done Aisam and Bopanna! It's so nice to actually be proud of your sportsmen.


MominaKhawar: Tomorrow is Eid and 9/11 anniversary. Aisam took the perfect advantage to help us clear out our differences. Thank you Aisam!


alzeee: What a beautiful example of how we can improve our image just by playing sports.


Khurram Zahid: He knows how to brand our country Pakistan; he is a true brand ambassador.


Silent Observer: Hats off to 'Indo-Pak express'


gpspakistan: People like Aisam ul Haq are the pride of the nation.


Saher: O my God!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing speech u made in front of whole world after your splendid performance. The SIMPLE but INFLUENTIAL words followed by huge round of applause and appreciation are hard to ignore. You've become an example for us.


 


- Compiled by Maria Shirazi

 
 
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