Aisam delighted with US league experience

Pakistani currently playing at World Team Tennis league.

Natasha Raheel July 24, 2013
Aisam is currently play league tennis to prepare for the US Open that takes place in August. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Aisamul Haq Qureshi is currently playing for his club Texas Wild in the World Team Tennis (WTT) professional league and hopes to qualify for the semi-finals of the event.

His team will play the Sacramento Capitals in the quarter-final today in Dallas.

The 33-year-old finished his grass-court season at Wimbledon last month and headed to the US to join his new team in the WTT. Last year, Aisam played for Kansas City before transferring to Texas Wild.

According to Aisam, his experience in the tennis league has been ‘priceless’.

“It’s been an honour playing for the Texas Wild and gaining support among the coaches,” he told The Express Tribune.

Texas coach Brent Haygarth, who previously mentored Kasas City, brought Aisam to the club.

“It’s my second year at the WTT and my proudest moment came in my last game where I played against the great John McEnroe,” said Aisam. “I couldn’t have even dreamt of playing against McEnroe when I was growing up.

“I play for my team in the mixed doubles and doubles matches. I’m really happy with the league because I also have Bob and Mike Bryan at my club, so I get to observe their game too.”

Texas will be playing their last home-match today, and just in his second season at WTT, Aisam could be handed a chance to play in the finals.

“It’s a great transition for me as well, from grass courts to hard court right before the US Open,” he said. “It’s also  part of the preparation for the grand slam.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2013.

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