LAHORE Pakistan tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi was awarded rousing welcome on his arrival at Lahores Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday. Aisam returned from New York where he finished runners-up in the US Open mens doubles and mixed doubles. A large number of tennis fans, his family members - father Ehtisham Qureshi, mother Nausheen Qureshi, brother Zain Qureshi and sisters and members of the K-21 Model Town Club, Model Town Society and officials of the Pakistan Tennis Federation, Punjab Lawn Tennis Association were present at the airport. Aisam headed to Model Town in a procession, where a reception was arranged for him. Aisam, who had to jostle through the airport lobby crowded by journalists and fans, thanked his supporters and the nation for praying for his success. He said he was surprised to see such a warm welcome. He said he would try his best to bring more glory to the nation. He is Pakistans most successful tennis player and was the first Pakistani player ever to have attained number six ranking the world. Along with Rohan Bopana of India, Aisam launched a peace initiative early this year and are known on the tennis circuit as an Indo-Pak Express. Aisams success has been celebrated with great enthusiasm and his efforts were lauded by his fans and family. Aisams parents said that he was a national hero and deserved to be given warm welcome. The tennis star has given Pakistan something to celebrate at a time where the country is ravaged by the worst floods in its history and its cricket is reeling from the cricket spot-fixing scam. Other than that, the cricket teams overall performance in its Test, ODI, and T20 series against England this month has been dismal, giving fans little to celebrate. Aisams success in the US Open has earned praise and appreciation from local and international fans. Aisam and his mixed doubles partner Kveta Peschke were beaten by American top seeds Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan 4-6, 4-6 while the Pakistani and his Indian partner Rohan Bopanna gave a tough fight to brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the mens doubles final before losing 7-6, 7-6. After his loss in the doubles final, addressing nearly 15000 Americans present in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Aisam had said: We are not terrorists, we are very friendly and peace-loving people....we want peace as much as the rest of the world. Governor Punjab Slaman Taseer has also invited Aisam on a reception at the Governors House today at 3 pm.