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    cute Austrailian Open Tenis: Rohan-Quereshi doubles

    MELBOURNE: The unique ability of sport, and in particular tennis, to conquer political divides was on full display at the Australian Open on Thursday as war-riven nations were united on court. Less than 24 hours after a security alert over feared clashes between ethnic Serb and Croatian fans, Serbia's Dusan Vemic and Croatia's Ivo Karlovic teamed up for doubles. On the court next door, another bitter rivalry was put aside, with India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the peace-seeking "Indo-Pak Express", also in action. The giant Karlovic and experienced Vemic, who has had other Serbian partners including Novak Djokovic, have been an on-off team since 2009 and even look like an odd couple, with the 2.08 metre (6.8 feet) Karlovic towering over the 1.9 metre Vemic. Their backgrounds make the cliched title even more appropriate, given that their two nations were involved in bloody conflict in the 1990s, after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. The Australian Open has seen repeated skirmishes between Australian-based Serbian and Croatian fans, prompting world number three Djokovic to appeal for calm ahead of his match against Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the second round. Meanwhile Bopanna and Qureshi have been playing partners since 2007, using their matches as a platform to promote better relations between India and Pakistan, who have had three wars since the end of colonial rule. Ironically, Bopanna's partner at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in 2008 was Indian player Sania Mirza, who caused a huge stir when she married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik last year. The couple now live in Dubai. Bopanna and Qureshi are acutely aware of the political sensitivities of their partnership, which is why they launched a sportswear line featuring the slogan "Stop War Start Tennis" at Wimbledon last year.

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    Default Re: Austrailian Open Tenis: Rohan-Quereshi doubles

    Best of luck to the Indo-Pak Express
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    Default Re: Austrailian Open Tenis: Rohan-Quereshi doubles

    Thanks Zuhair. Let us hope
    best for the people
    of the countries.

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    Default Re: Austrailian Open Tenis: Rohan-Quereshi doubles

    sure.
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