Abid Akbar

  • We got a surprise on the morning of the Doubles. As we got out of our locker room and assembled in the tunnel before walking out to the stadium, Indonesia's number 1 player, Christopher Rungkat was at the front of the line with his bandanna on and his racket bag on his shoulders. I looked back at ...

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  • While Federer is trying to squeeze in that last one or two more majors and hoping to get the number one ranking back one last time, while Nadal is literally trying to keep his body in one piece and get back to his A-game just in time for the clay court season; and while Murray is being Murray and ...

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  • The best eight teams made it to the quarterfinals, the top four advanced to the semis, the best two played the final and the better one won it. Upsets are exciting but top class athletes displaying what they're made of at the biggest stage, is inspirational. Everything went according to the script. ...

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  • Well, we got as far as we deserved and were capable of. To be honest, may be even further. Would have been great if we could have pulled off the big upset against Australia, but we should be satisfied with what we did. Most Pakistanis didn't have high hopes from the start, and after the West Indies ...

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  • Getting a call to represent your country as an athlete is an honor. It's also very nerve wracking. I was pretty relaxed though as I was oceans away training for it in the U.S. However, once I joined my team in Colombo, Sri Lanka six days before the tie, I started feeling what I was supposed to ...

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  • What a way to start your world cup campaign! What a way to tell your squad that you are here and ready! Hats off to you Sarfraz, you were a breath of fresh air. Now let's keep it going. He didn't take a step wrong in his first match against South Africa. He gave us the best start so far in this ...

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  • So we pulled out the win against Zimbabwe. It's a great relief for the whole country, but the man who was relieved more than anyone else was Misbahul Haq. The look on his face after the match was of relief and consolation. I'm not sure what was going through his head but it looked like he was ...

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  • I wish I was in Pakistan right now, watching the World Cup among my fellow 200 million 'cricket fever stricken' brothers and sisters. Actually, I'd rather be in Australia watching it live. The craze is not the same anymore though. Definitely not the same as it was in 2003 and all the world cups ...

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  • The world cup is back to where we won it, but our team is not quite where we need it to be. We had a solid batting line up back in 1992 with Ramiz Raja and Aamir Sohail up top, the new found -talent – later, legend – Inzamam ul Haq, and Imran’s deputy Javed Miandad preceded the ...

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  • The tournament is over for me, when the maestro waves goodbye. TV viewer ship plunges, ticket sales go down and a million hearts are broken. The attachment Federer fans have with him is unlike any other player's following. People might be fanatical about Nadal and love watching Djokovic embarrass ...

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  • The Australian open starts on the 19th of January at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Across the road from where Pakistan won the cricket world cup in 1992. Hope they do it again, but it'd take a miracle, actually, more than one. Out of the big four, Roger had the best start to the year ...

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  • There are people who want to help, who are willing to sacrifice a little to help tennis in Pakistan. But there is a problem, those who can help don’t know how to help.Those who know how to help, don’t have the capacity or capability to help. Most of the top players in Pakistan ...

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  • Last week I wrote how without money becoming a professional tennis player is impossible. Be it your own, your parent’s money or from a sponsor, it is needed. I showed and elaborated the findings of a study done by the International Tennis Federation which strengthened my argument. This ...

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  • Few weeks back I wrote a blog titled, “Why I wouldn’t sponsor a tennis player”. I gave reasons why it is a risky decision to invest in a tennis player and how hard it is for one to get to a level where he or she can make any money. I will once again clarify that, I am not against ...

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  • I was just in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for three weeks to play some Futures. Futures are the lowest level world ranking tennis tournaments. Players ranked 250 and below typically play these tournaments. Players ranked higher than 250 normally play the ‘challenger’ circuit, which is one ...

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  • It will take many years to bring Pakistan tennis on the world map, decades even. A lot needs to be done, and then some more. It will need strong leadership and endless efforts in the right direction. It will require desire and passion. It will require honest devotion and the will to deliver. It ...

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  • Thousands of teenagers and 20-year-olds have decided to make tennis their profession, their career. It's glorious to think of yourself as a professional athlete. When you look at Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils and the likes of them, and see the standing ovations they get after those ...

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  • We walk around at Pakistani national tournaments as if we are the best, as if we are special. I'm talking about us top 8 to 10 tennis players of Pakistan. I'm exaggerating a bit, not everyone walks like that. Some of us are very humble. What I'm saying is that, no matter if we think or not, our ...

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