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Aisam ends successful 2017, hope to continue good form in '18

Pakistani Tennis star Aisam Ul Haq won 5 ATP tennis titles in 2017, the most successful year for the Pakistani ace.

Aisam although could not move into the second round of Qatar Open 2018 last week,  but he enjoyed a good past year where he won career-high 5 ATP titles in a calendar year. Aisam won all of these 5 ATP titles in 2017 with different partners. He has partnered with 14 different players in the year 2017.

Aisam reached a total of 6 ATP tournaments doubles-final in 2017 where he won 1 ATP World Tour 500, and 4 ATP World Tour 250 series tournaments, and lost only 1 in Stockholm Open. The 37 year old star started the year 2017 with his first win in Auckland ATP 250 Series tournament with Polish partner Marcin Matkwoski in January. The biggest win of the year came in April when he won the ATP 500 Series Barcelona Open along with Romanian partner Florin Mergea . The third ATP title of the year was won with Swedish partner, Robert Lindstedt, when he sealed the doubles title of Anatalya championship in July 2017. Aisam won his 4th title in the very next month with US partner Rajeev Ram at Hall of Fame Open in New Port on 23rd July 2017. The 5th title of the year for Aisam was ATP Chengdu where he paired with Jonathan Erlich in september.

Aisams' sole ITP title win in the year was Challenger Surbiton, UK on 16 July 2017.

Before 2017, it was 2011 when Aisam won most titles in a calendar year where he won 4 titles.

The year 2017 marked an important year for Pakistan Tennis also when Team Pakistan was finally able to enjoy the home advantage after 12 years as the Davis Cup returned to Pakistan. With the help of Aisam, Pakistan won the Group II of Asia/Oceania in 2017 and qualified for Group I to be played in 2018. Aisam played his active role in wins over Iran and Thailand.

Talking to media men Aisam said, “Ups and downs are part of life and one have to live with it”. “In sha Allah, I will continue to make my family and friends proud with my performance in 2018,” he concluded.

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