The World Takes Note of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi at US Open

September 16, 2010 by  


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By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian doubles tennis partner, Rohan Bopanna, have really been making names for themselves in New York this past fortnight at the U.S. Open. But the so-called “Indo-Pak Express” got derailed in the finals of the Men’s Doubles competition by the American brothers Bryan. Bob and Mike Bryan won their third U.S. Open title with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) win on Friday. The post-match ceremonies were punctuated by a heartfelt speech given by Qureshi to the people of New York. “I want to say something on behalf of all Pakistanis,” he said following Friday’s Men’s Doubles finals. “Every time I come here, there’s a wrong perception about the people of Pakistan. It is the wrong perception that Pakistan is being a terrorist country,” he stated over the public address speaker. “We are a friendly, loving, caring people and we want peace as much as you guys want it. May Allah bless us all.” Later he added, “There are extremists in every religion, but just because of them you cannot judge the whole country as a terrorist nation. I just wanted to get this message across as a Pakistani.”  And as a silver lining to the loss, the Bryan brothers donated a portion of their championship winnings to the Pakistan flood relief effort.

Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi has seen his world rankings skyrocket further after becoming the first Muslim to make the finals of a Grand Slam tournament twice over at the U.S. Open, in the Mixed Doubles as well as the Men’s Doubles. His ATP world men’s doubles ranking has moved up to 23 overall, with his team ranking, with partner Rohan Bopanna, shooting up to number 6 overall.

Qureshi should be on track for achieving his goal of a top 20 individual doubles ranking by the end of the year, inshallah. And in the process he has brought much needed exposure to the flood relief effort, in addition to bringing an island of positive public relations for Muslims amidst a sea of Islamophobia.

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One Response to “The World Takes Note of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi at US Open”

  1. Sadia on September 17th, 2010 4:39 am

    Asalamoalikum Aisam-Ul-Haq.

    Hope you will be fine.
    1st of all congratulation for this success.We are really very thank ful to you to give the beautiful gift to country on Eid.But proud of you for your great thinking,as i also love Pakistan ,and when i saw you to saying special in Pakistan’s favour in your comments after the match, i really really appriciate it.

    (My english is so so,hahaha, but i hope you will ignore my english and will see my sincerity )

    Best of Luck.
    Allah Hafiz.

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