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Davis Cup History of Pakistan Tennis (1948-2010)
In March 1920 All Indian Lawn Tennis Association (AILTA) was formed at Lahore and after getting the Independence from British in 1947 a separate All Pakistan Lawn Tennis Association was formed and Pakistan played its first Davis Cup competition against Switzerland on 2nd May 1948 at Switzerland in which leading ace players Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed and Mehmood Alam were played for Pakistan. Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed won his both singles matches in a convincing manner against European players M/s Hounder and M.Albrecht 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-1 7-5 1-6 4-6 6-4 respectively.
In April 1950, Pakistan’s first Davis Cup victory was created by Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed and Mehmood Alam when both players whitewashed Philippines 5-0 at Manila.
In 1984 Pakistan reached the Final of Eastern Zone by beating the strongest team of the Asian Group like Malaysia, 4-1 (January 1984), Indonesia 4-1 (March 1984), Thailand 4-1 (May 1984) but lost the final against Japan.
In 1988 when the format of Davis Cup was changed from Eastren Zone to Asia Oceania Group I & II, Pakistan was placed in Group-II, Pakistan again reached at the Final of AO G2 but unable to maintain the winning lead in the final against Hong Kong.
In 1989 Pakistan Tennis was in full swing and maintained the winning pace by beating the Kuwait, Bangladesh and Thailand and qualify for the Asia Oceania Group-1.
In the year 2002 Pakistan Tennis Team was again in its finest shape and beat Malaysia 4-1, Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the 1st and semi-final round respectively. In the Final of AO G-II Pakistan beat the strongest team of Asia, China P.R 3-2 in a convincing victory and reached into the Asia Oceania Group-I and continue to maintain the position in same group upto 2005.
In the year 2005 Pakistan leading Ace players Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan create history when they continuously maintained the winning track by beating the strongest teams like New Zealand in 2004, Thailand in 2005 and Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the final of AO G-I and qualify for World Group Playoff for the first time in the history of Pakistan Tennis.
During the excellent playing record of Davis Cup in the Asia Region Pakistan produced renowned tennis players like Iftikhar Ahmed, Saeed Hai, Saeed Meer, Haroon Rahim, Islam-ul-Haq, Hameed-ul-Haq, Rashid Malik, Mushaf Zia, Muhammad Khaliq, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan. Our youngest player Haroon Rahim who played Davis Cup at the age of 15 year 107 days while the oldest player is Hamid-ul-Haq who played Davis Cup till at the age of 35 years 34 days. Our Leading tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi played longest Rubber 5 hrs 20 minutes against Mark Nielson New Zealand in September 2004 at Islamabad and longest tie during was also against New Zealand which lasted 16 hrs 20 minutes.