Personal Choices for a Player During Ramadan

September 3, 2009

Author: George Vecsey

Source: The New York Times

The public-address announcer was advising everybody to drink a lot of fluids (presumably those sold on the grounds) to avoid dehydration. On a warm, mostly sunny day, that seemed like a good idea.

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan had a few bottles of water arrayed below his chair on Court 10, although it is the holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims abstain from food or liquid from sunrise to sundown.

“I have to give the answer to God,” Qureshi said after he and his latest doubles partner, Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, beat Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 4-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4, at the United States Open on Thursday.