Bob And Mike Bryan Beat Rohan Bopannam & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
Winners Of US Men's Doubles Final 2010: Bryan Twins Derail IndoPak Express, Photos
Bob and Mike Bryan have captured 9th Grand Slam title, winning the US Open Men's Doubles Final, by beating Rohan Bopannam and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
It was a tightly contested affair with the Bryan twins prevailing 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4). The story of the Bryan Twins domination of the doubles ATP tour is well known but the story their finals opponents is not.
In fact, the story behind Indian Rohan Bopannam and Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Quershi was as much as a part of the Men's Doubles final as the match that took place.
Relations between Pakistan and India are very poor and the story of Bopannam's and Qurehis's march to US Open Final saw a rare felling of good will between the hostile neighbours.
On top of that on the eve of September 11, Qureshi was mindful that he is not just a tennis player, he is a Pakistani tennis player.
Qureshi drew a standing ovation at Arthur Ashe Stadium after the match when he moved to bridge the religion and culture gap between Americans and Pakistanis.
"I feel there's a very wrong perception of Pakistan as a terrorist country," Qureshi said. "We're a peace-loving country and we want peace as much as you all."
On top of that Pakistan continues to endure the devastation from recent flooding that has left millions, and millions homeless.
Qureshi’s success with Bopanna has been a welcome distraction for his country, which has been beset by a devastating flood. The Bryans pledged to give a portion of their earnings from the win to a Pakistani flood relief fund.“What they’re doing,” Bob Bryan said, “is a lot more important than winning the U.S. Open.”