KARACHI: Pakistan will be hosting their Davis Cup tie at home after 12 years. Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) got a nod from International Tennis Federation (ITF) to hold their home matches against Iran in Islamabad.
PTF secretary Khalid Rehmani confirmed that Pakistan will be hosting Asia-Oceania Group II round one tie on February 3.
“It is a great news for us; something that we wanted to happen for a long time. Our players haven’t played a Davis Cup tie in Pakistan for the last 12 years,” Rehmani told The Express Tribune.
“We got official confirmation from the ITF yesterday and we can’t be happier. This will also revive tennis in Pakistan in the long run.”
As Pakistan could not hold their Davis Cup matches at home, the players could not enjoy home advantage. Moreover, it proved to be quite expensive for PTF to hold their ties at neutral venues and some times the cost reached as high as Rs. 4 million.
The lack of international action also caused a decline in tennis activities in the country, however, Rehmani is hoping for better results now.
“We will be getting sponsorships too and this will increase interest in the sport. It will also save us a lot of money,” said Rehmani.