International tennis returns to Pakistan
Islamabad: International tennis activities return to Pakistan after a gap of 11 years with the commencement of Asian Tennis Federation(ATF) and under 14 Tennis Championships at Syed Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex Islamabad.
Pakistan Tennis Federation(PTF) secretary Muhammad Khalid Rehmani in a statement to APP said in the boys events a total of 14 players including 3 foreigners will be participating while 6 girls would appear in the girls events in this championship.
After PTF two international and under 14 Asian Ranking Championships will be played in Pakistan on the courts of PTF.
The three foreign players participating in the tournament are Malaysia’s Wee Yi Shen, Sri Lanka’s Yanishkhe Cooray and British player of Pakistan origin Saeed Muhammad who have reached the Capital Islamabad however no female player has arrived as yet.
Khalid Rehmani believes that the successful holding of these tournaments would open doors in Pakistan for other international tennis in all age categories.
He said because of ITF’s restriction to conduct international events in Pakistan, we had been holding various international events including Davis Cup and ITF juniors 18 events abroad.
Secretary PTF said successful holding of these championship events will send out a strong message to the world and the International body that Pakistan is fully capable of hosting professional events.
The first leg of the competition will be organized by PTF while the second leg will be organized by Islamabad Tennis Association.
Pakistan’s Huzaifa Abdul Rehman and Hamza bin Rehan are first and second seeds respectively of the tournament.
Among the girls Zoha Asim and Rida Khan are first and second seeds respectively, Hong Kong’s Angela Wingshan who was top seed hasn’t arrived as yet.
ITF white badge umpires Arif Qureshi and Shehzad Akhtar Alvi will be the referees of the first and second leg respectively.