Veteran Pakistani Tennis player Aisam ul Haq and partner Santiago Gonzalez won their 1st ATP tour title. In the final, the faced up to Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski from Britain. They won the game 2-1 and took the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.
Aisam and Gonzalez, had reached the final of the New York Open in February but fell at the final hurdle. They started playing as partners in December.
“Thanks to Santiago. He’s been sticking up with me and believing in me,” Aisam said. “I’m super-happy that we managed to win it. At the end of today he stepped his game up and really showed why he’s been Top 20, why he made the final of the French Open also on clay. This is his favourite surface and he definitely made the difference in the end today.”
This was Aisam’s 17th ATP tour victory, while 13th for Gonzalez. The win earns them 250 ATP Double’s Ranking points.
Gonzalez and Qureshi were tremendous on return in the Match Tie-break, winning five of eight return points to beat the Brits. The winners earn 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and a share of $33,000. After agreeing to become full-time partners in December, they hope to continue this success.
“We’re going to have ups and downs, but at the end, there are going to be more ups I think because we feel great on court and outside the court so the partnership is doing great,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully this title will give us confidence for the rest of the clay-court season.”
Aisam ul Haq has been Pakistan’s only Tennis star for more than the past decade.