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Aisam ul Haq bows out from enjoying Singles tennis matches for Pakistan

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  • Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam ul Haq has determined to not play singles for the nation anyplace.
  • Aisam ul Haq says that on the age of 40, his physique can’t bear the bodily pressure.
  • The 41-year-old veteran has represented Pakistan in over 95 Davis Cup matches thus far.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam ul Haq has determined to not play singles for the nation anyplace, saying that he had communicated his determination to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) as nicely, The Information reported on Sunday.

The 41-year-old, who has represented Pakistan in over 95 Davis Cup matches thus far, advised The Information that he had been enjoying singles within the Davis Cup for the final eight years for the sake of the nation.

“My body cannot bear excessive physical demands for the singles game. Moreover, it damages my doubles’ performance too. Though I left playing singles almost eight years back, I continue representing the country in the Davis Cup singles as no back-up player was available to support Aqeel.”

“Now I don’t think my body can tolerate it anymore,“ he said.

Physical strain

Saying that at the age of 40, his body cannot bear the physical strain, the tennis ace, said: “I still feel the stiffness of playing singles on Friday and that was the reason I could not play my normal game in the doubles on Saturday. Playing back-to-back singles and doubles would be like asking too much.”

Aisam, nonetheless, mentioned he could be obtainable for Davis Cup’s doubles, saying that it’s his forte and he’ll proceed enjoying doubles within the Davis Cup if required by the nation.”

‘Children ought to fill within the hole’

The tennis participant has requested children to step up and fill the hole. “It is now up to youngsters to fill the vacuum. We have been representing the country for over 22 years now. Even Aqeel has crossed 40. We have been playing since 1998,” he said.

“It is time for the youth to step up and replace us by showing fighting spirit. What they need is hard and tough training backed by good coaching,” Aisam pressured.

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He additionally known as on the kids to work exhausting on their sport and keep centered. “Casual and off and on approach takes you nowhere. It is all about staying focused, working hard, and making the best use of your potential. Youngsters here hardly are seen working hard on their game and fitness.”

‘PTF ought to provoke improvement plans’

Aisam requested the PTF to provoke gamers’ improvement programme and assist the perfect expertise rise to the extent the place they might problem the perfect in tennis.

“The PTF will have to work on war-like footings to groom quality players. The PTF should make the youngsters realise that the country requires their services at the highest level of the game.”

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