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Aisam-ul Haq says marriage won't affect aim of becoming No.1 doubles player

December 26, 2011 - Karachi

Pakistan's tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi said that his marriage would not deter him from trying to achieve his target of becoming the top ranked doubles player.

"My marriage would not affect my aim, which is to become top doubles international player," The News quoted Aisam-ul-Haq, as saying.

Aisam-ul-Haq, who is currently ranked ninth in doubles international rankings, said he is looking forward to seeking his doubles partner after parting ways with Indian star 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.

Aisam and Rohan, who have won many tournaments, were dubbed as 'IndoPak Express', and were ranked 5th spot in doubles team rankings.

Aisam said he is looking forward to participating in the 2012 London Olympics and Pakistan's Davis Cup tie in Lebanon.

"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," he said.

"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," he added.


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