It’s tennis’ endearing model of rising previous together. Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, approaching their forty first birthdays this March, are serving and volleying together again. With the favored Indo-Pak pair becoming a member of fingers for the upcoming ATP occasion at Acapulco, a Mexican wave is assured, from Maki in Pakistan’s west to Dong in India’s east. The 2010 US Open runners-up have been staking out final month’s Australian Open for potential companions to play within the mid-March match. Their deciding to jam together factors to a permanent friendship.
The duo is definitely distinctive — not too many sportspersons from India and Pakistan can play on the identical workforce, with out a fuss. And so they’ve by no means made it sound like one thing uncommon — simply a common tennis match, with a large booming Bopanna serve, and Aisam reducing off a winner with a volley on the web, that’s all. At a time when South and North Korean athletes are getting ready to play on the identical groups on the Olympics, proving that sporting spirit and maturity is a higher story than rabid politics-as-usual, this Indo-Pak Categorical chugging alongside a scenic route is a fine tale to tell.
Cricket followers have, for years, liked to draw up fantasy groups the place Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram performed on the identical facet. For years, hockey followers world wide have whispered about taking up the boring western astro-turf groups by drawing the very best out of India and Pakistan. It wanted two tennis gamers to bond over shared pursuits of Bollywood and greasy consolation meals to go forward and play as a workforce, with out dragging any baggage onto a tennis courtroom. Their kinship was examined across the final Davis Cup when India refused to journey to Pakistan, and Aisam boycotted the tie in a huff. However after they have been stranded as soon as again with out companions, the choice to method one another was the obvious one.