For the most part, I don’t pay too much attention to doubles, save for the rare events when singles players play doubles. But this occasion is special and very notable:
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi aka the “Indo-Pak Express,” win their first Masters title as a doubles team and their 3rd title of the season. In the final, they defeated the French pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau.
Bopanna and Qureshi’s “Stop War, Start Tennis” campaign endorses cooperation between India and Pakistan–their goal is to eventually play a match on the contested border between the two countries. Bopanna/Qureshi were co-recipients of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award in 2010. Qureshi is also a nominee for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award this year.
It’s nice to see the off-court initiatives taken by Bopanna/Qureshi reflected in their success as a doubles team. They too will finish their season at the London WTF.
*Here’s a link to a great post that describes the live experience of watching a doubles match between Bopanna/Qureshi and Dolgopolov/Malisse at Indian Wells this year.