A professional tennis player since 1998, representing Pakistan in Davis Cup, Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi is a star in his country. He attracted media attention in 2002 when he played doubles with Israeli tennis player Amir Hadad at Wimbledon and the US Open. Together they reached the third round of Wimbledon and the second round in the US Open. In 2007, he reached the second round at Wimbledon and the finals of the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open.


Aisam is the only Pakistani, Muslim, and Asian to have received ‘The Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award’ from ATP Tour USA.

Aisam teamed up with Rohan Bopanna - who is also a Champion for Peace - in men’s doubles in 2007. The duo went on to win four Challenger titles in quick succession. However, it was only in the 2010 season that the pair broke into the top 10 doubles teams. That year, they reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, finished runners-up in the US Open and in five ATP Tour events, and won the Johannesburg Open.


In June 2010 Aisam and Rohan decided to join forces during the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament to send a message of peace through sport to their respective countries. Their warm-up and training gear was specially created for the occasion, displaying a strong message: "Stop War ! Start Tennis ! ". An initiative that was unanimously appreciated by the other competitors and the international press.


Acting together with Peace and Sport


Within the frame of the "Stop War! Start Tennis!” campaign and with the support of Peace and Sport, Aisam and Rohan are now working to organize a friendly match at the Wagah border, a place that symbolizes the underlying tensions between India and Pakistan.


Together they won the Award of the Peace and Sport Image of the Year 2010, as recognition of their efforts to bring political authorities from their respective countries closer together through their friendship and personal commitment.

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