Shahid Hamid Memorial Tennis Tournament 2023 starts in Islamabad
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: The Shahid Hamid Memorial Tennis Tournament has commenced here at Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC), as over 100 players in different age groups from sister cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad are participating in the tournament.The tournament is being organized in memory of Air Marshal Shahid Hamid Raja (Late) who helped the tennis fraternity and supported the game of tennis.Results:Men’s Singles (Round-I):Hammad Ali bt Ahmed Murad 8-1; Abdullah Shafqat bt Ali Zain 8-4; Taimoor Adil bt Abdul Hadi 8-2; Danish Raza bt Emaddin 8-4; Daisuke Unemi bt Kaleem Zaib 8-4; Mohammad bin Abdul Waheed bt Mamoon Arshad Kiyani 8-3; Osama Janjua bt Rohan Norani 8-1; Idrees bt Qasim Khan 8-3; Haider bt Abdul Rehman Choudhry 8-5;Men’s Doubles (Round-I): Mohammad/Adul Rehman bt Saqib/Idrees 8-6; Daisuke/Yameen bt Behram/Qasim 8-2; Kaleem/Danish bt Raja Asif/Khurram Baig 7-6 (5); Adnan Khan/Saud Masood bt Taimur Adil/Mujtaba 8-4; Zalan Khan/Murtaza Khan bt Haider Ali/Haider Khan 8-0;Ladies Singles (Quarterfinal):Shandana Rabi bt Zara Shabaz 8-3; Zainab Ali Raja bt Ayesha Masood 8-2; Dana bt Amna 8-3; Fatima Ali Raja bt Zara Lawangin 8-6; Boys’ U-14 (Quaterfinals):Sameer Masood bt Awais 6-3; Salman Khan Niazi bt Mohammad Ali Izzat 6-3; Orhan Sohail bt Moazam Baber 6-1; Amar Masood bt Raja Mohammad Taha 6-2;
ITF Seniors Tennis Championship: Hameed-ul-Haq reaches in quarterfinal
Sports Bulletin ReportPattaya (Thailand): Former Davis Cupper and veteran tennis player Hameed-ul-Haq advanced into the Quarterfinals of 60+ Singles Event of the ITF Seniors’ Tennis Championship 2023 after eliminating Russian opponent Yurli Kudinove in straight sets 2-0 at Pattaya, Thailand. The final score-line was 6-3, and 6-4.Hameed will face third seed Amercian man Kavin West in the quarterfinal at the same venue in the 60+ singles age category of ITF seniors championship.
Asian Games 2023: Tennis Players Disappoint Tennis Lovers in Pakistan
Results expose the performance and management of the Pakistan Tennis FederationAbdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: The Pakistan tennis team produced miserable results in the Asian Games 2023, which are going on in Hangzhou, China, as Pakistani tennis lovers were expecting a medal from top national male players Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan. The journey of Pakistan Tennis started three days back in China with Aqeel Khan receiving a love set and ended with Sara Khan & Aqeel Khan receiving two ducks from India. Pakistani tennis players failed to impress in the ongoing Asian Games 2023. Pakistan was wiped out of all 5 events i.e. men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles within 3 days.On the opening day, Aqeel Khan lost to the Uzbek player Khumoyun Sultanov in a straight set with the score-line of 6-0, and 6-1. The next day Ushna Suhail lost to Chinese Lin Zhu 6-0, 6-0 and Sarah Khan lost to Philippines Alex Eala 6-0, 6-0.In men’s tennis doubles, Pakistan’s duo of Aisam-ul-Haq and Aqeel Khan lost to Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Hsiou and Jason Jung 7-6 (3), 6-4 after a two-set battle that lasted for almost two hours.In women’s doubles, Pakistan’s duo of Ushna Suhail and Sarah Ibrahim lost in straight sets without winning a single game to Indonesia’s Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Priskila Rompies. The Indonesians emerged victorious 6-0, 6-0 after a 44-minute battle.Meanwhile, in mixed doubles, Pakistani pair of Aqeel and Sarah lost to India’s Yuki Bhambri and Ankita Ravinderkrishan Raina 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets without winning a game. In the other mixed doubles, the Pakistani pair of Aisam and Ushna lost to Thailand's Peangtarn and Pruchya 6-4, 6-1.It is intensely worrisome that the Pakistani squad couldn't progress beyond 2nd rounds and received a total of 9 love sets (6-0) in their respective matches. These results show the performance and management of the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), which is being run by 77-year-old president Salim Saifullah Khan and 73-year-old Gul Rehman, a retired army man.Former Davis Cupper Hameed-ul-Haq said:“It is beyond his comprehension, why the PTF management opted to send veterans to compete in the Asian Games 2023 instead of many talented youngsters like Mohammad Shoaib and Amna Qayum. So I suggested countless proposals and plans for the promotion of the game in the country that went unheard that the future of Pakistan tennis was ruined but the non-technical individuals were running the tennis federation like a corporate business venture. They are always more bothered with now and today instead of what is yet to come in the future. No talent could rise up in the last decade due to their failed policies and mismanagement. All I can say for now, a miracle needs to rejuvenate Pakistan tennis.”Hameed-ul-Haq is leaving tonight for Thailand to participate in the ITF Seniors Championship.
Hammed-ul-Haq to participate in Asian ITF Master-II Championship
Hameed vows to maintain 8 times winning record in the ITF Asian Seniors ChampionshipsAbdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Pride of Performance Award holder, and former Davis Cupper, Hameed-ul-Haq will represent Pakistan in the upcoming Greta Sport Club Asian ITF Master II Championship starting from September 30, 2023, at Pattaya, Thailand.Having the feather in his cap of the ITF Davis Cup Commitment Award 2017, Hamid Ul Haq will leave Islamabad for Bangkok on September 27. ITF Master II championship will be held from September 30th to October 5th, 2023 on Synthetic Hard Courts at the Greta Resort, and Sport Club, Pattaya. Hameed will participate in the seniors’ 60 + singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions.Hameed-ul-Haq said: “I have already been training for this tournament for the last month and I will try to maintain my record of winning 8 times the ITF Asian Seniors Championships in different age categories and will try to win this championship for Pakistan. I have confirmed my entry in the European ITF Seniors Championship and will participate in Budapest, Hungary in the month of October after participating in Thailand.”
Davis Cup Tennis Tie: Pakistan outclass Indonesia 5-0, Aisam & Aqeel hero
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Aisam ul Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan overcame 2-1 Indonesia duo of brothers David Susanto and Anthony Susanto in the Doubles discipline of the Davis Cup World Group-II Tennis Tie here at the grass court of the Aisam-ul-Haq Tennis Pavilion, Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday. The final score-line of 3-6, 7-5, and 6-2.After winning the toss, skipper Aisam decided to choose a side instead of taking the advantage of serve because he wanted the sun on his back. Indonesian players started the game by hitting a powerful drive from down the line and finished the first game after conceding only 2 points. Asiam and Aqeel did not allow their opponents to get a single point in the second game. Score was levelled at 1-1, and 2-2. Visitors players succeeded to break serve in the 6th game of the first set, as the game was even, after getting the advantage, they claimed the game and made the set score 4-2. David Susanto, and Anthony Susanto maintained their serves in the 7th game and 9th game to earn 1-0 lead in the crucial tie.In the second set, Pakistan won the first game quite easily and there was a nail and bite contest in the second game, as local players missed a couple of occasions to break the game. The set went up neck-to-neck till 5-5, as no one could break the serve. Aqeel and Aisam fought brilliantly in the 12 game and toiled hard on the court to break the game. Finally, Pakistan squared the match 1-1 after breaking the 12th game despite wasting two set points.After bouncing back in the match, Aisam and Aqeel showed aggregation in the final set that they claimed 6-2 by hitting beautiful forehand and backhand drives with classic drop-shorts. They broke the serves in the 4th and 8th game to win the set at 6-2, as the final score-line was 3-6, 7-5, and 6-2. In another match, Mohammad Shoaib beat Gunawan Trismuwantara 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the reverse singles, to give Pakistan a clean sweep.Aisam ul Haq said: “I am happy with the victory, I and Aqeel work hard on the court to overcome rivals. After losing the first set, we changed our strategy and hit some good winners to achieve the goal of victory. We had an edge of grass surface but the hot weather and conditions levelled the field for the both teams. We were well experienced in the grass. However, we worked hard and collected a big win for our country Pakistan.”Aqeel Khan said: “It was wonderful and a great win for us. We produced a notable performance after going down 0-1. We missed some vital points in the first set and we lost and we came from behind to post a remarkable victory. I have played together for a long time for Pakistan and played over 100 Davis Cup Tennis Tie matches for our country and different venues.”Coach Mushaf Zia said: “Our boys did well and claimed a big win in the Davis Cup. There was not a big difference in the both sides, as Pakistani duo of tennis stars Aisam and Aqeel have been playing together for a long time. They used their experience to defeat the visiting team.”
Davis Cup Tennis: Aisam & Aqeel give 2-0 lead to Pakistan against Indonesia
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Duo of Pakistan tennis starts, Aisam ul Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan gave 2-0 lead against Indonesia in the Davis Cup World Group-II Tennis Tie by thrashing their opponents in Singles here at Aisam-ul-Haq Tennis Arena grass courts on Saturday.In the first singles, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi outclassed David Agung Susanto in straight sets 2-0, as the final score-line was 6-4, and 6-1. Aisam displayed top-quality tennis to overcome his rival quite comfortably, as he conceded just a solitary game in the first set. In the second set, visitor lad, David Agung Susanto showed some resistance and tried to control the game but his efforts could not substantiate to bounce back in the match. Asiam finished the second game at 6-4.Aqeel Khan overcame Gunawan Trismuwantara in the second single of the day, as he had to toil hard on the court in the first set that he claimed 7-5. He won the second set at 6-4 to register victory in straight sets 2-0, as the final score-line was 7-5, and 6-4. Doubles match are reverse singles will be played on Sunday at the same venue.
Davis Cup Tennis Tie: Aisam to face Susanto in the opening match
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Ace tennis lad, Aisam ul Haq Qureshi will take on David Agung Susanto in the opening fixture of Davis Cup World Group-II Tennis Tie against Indonesia on Saturday (September 16, 2023) here at Pakistan Sports Board’s Grass Court on the premises of the Pakistan Sports Complex, as the Draws were taken place at a local hotel on Friday morning. The Pakistan number one tennis player, Aqeel Khan will face Gunawan Trismuwantara in the second Single of the day at the same venue.International Tennis Federation’s nominated officials including Hany El Khafief (Referee), Gianluca Moscarella (Chair Umpire), and Ivan Yovchev (Chair Umpire) attended the ceremony. The top officials of the Indonesian embassy in Islamabad including Yusran Hadromi were there to back their players.Also, the president, Pakistan Tennis Federation PTF Senator Salim Saifullah, and other PTF top officials including Arif Qureshi, Mohammad Khalil Ahmed, Shahzad Alvi, Gul Rehman, Asim Shafik, Sohail Ahmed were present on this occasion. At the end, president PTF Senator Salim Saifullah Khan awarded mementos to the visiting players and officials.Aisam ul Haq said: “Although top Indonesian players are not part of their team, however, this tie will be challenging for us, as the players of the opposite squad do play in the international circuit regularly. We have an edge of the grass surface, I and Aqeel won the most ties on grass and we will give our best to win the tie. Pakistan have a remarkable record against Indonesia and played a couple of Ties both won by Pakistan in 1984, and 2015. We will try to maintain this record.”Coach Mushaf Zia said: “We selected the team after conducting the trials at a grass court, as the 8 players participated in the proceedings. We set the training camp on the same court to give good shape to players for the Davis Cup Tennis Tie. We toiled hard during the 45-day camp. We have veteran players Aisam and Aqeel, who have played over 100 Davis Cup Ties and claimed countless victories for Pakistan. We are well prepared and hope we will produce a notable performance against Indonesia.”Indonesia Captain Wiryawan Sugiharta said: “We came here after full preparation, and people will enjoy good competition and world-class tennis during the Davis Cup Ties. We are missing our two best players, as one is busy with international commitments while the other got injured before arriving here. Our team members are fit and produce sparking performances. We are happy to see arrangements and facilities at the venue.” Schedule (September 16, 2023):1st Singles: 11:00 am: Aisam ul Haq Qureshi vs David Agung Susanto2nd Singles: Aqeel Khan Vs Gunawan TrismuwantaraSeptember 17, 2023:Doubles 11:00 am: Mohammad Shoaib / Mohammad Abid vs Gunawan Trismuwantara / Anthony SusantoReverse Singles: Aqeel Khan vs David Agung Susanto, Aisam ul Haq Qureshi vs Gunawan Trismuwantara
Tennis News: High Performance Tennis Training Camp concludes
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: The Sports Board Punjab’s High Performance Tennis Training Camp concluded here at the SBP Tennis Academy.On this occasion, Director, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Shahid Zaman has said that a sustainable sports calendar and strategy are being devised and this working will be beneficial to a great extent for the future of sports in the province. He said this while talking to the media at the concluding ceremony of the Sports Board Punjab’s High Performance Tennis Training Camp here at the SBP Tennis Academy. Director Youth Affairs Syed Umair Hassan, Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) Secretary and Camp Commandant Rashid Malik (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) and a large number of young tennis players, coaches and officials were also present on this occasion. Speaking on this occasion, Secretary Sports Shahid Zaman said that the sports of the Punjab province has been put in the right direction. “We have organized several sports events and training camps in the recent past and this positive practice will continue in future as well under a systematic manner.” He added that the preparation of biennial sports calendar is in progress and this sports calendar will continue to benefit players in future. “An effective sports strategy is being carved out to promote sports culture and bring out new talent from across the province.” He said that the SBP High Performance Free Tennis Training Camp has played a key role in improving the game of young players. “This camp was organised to provide an opportunity to young tennis players to improve their games and skills. The camp probables must utilize the valuable training and techniques they have learnt under the supervision of expert coaches at the camp in their future competitive events.” Camp Commandant Rashid Malik, on this occasion, expressed his gratitude to Secretary Sports Shahid Zaman, Director General Sports Punjab Dr Asif Tufail and his entire team for organizing High Performance Free Tennis Training Camp. “Secretary Sports Shahid Zaman has been fully cooperating with us for the promotion of tennis in the province. This camp will benefit the talented youth of Punjab in the long run and help in sharpening their skills, who, in return, will win laurels for their province and the country at higher level.” At the prize distribution ceremony, Secretary Sports Shahid Zaman distributed cash prizes and shields among the players, coaches and officials participating in the camp. Camp Commandant Rashid Malik, Davis Cupper Coach Heera Ashiq, Ahmed Babar, Imran Bhatti, Camp Coordinator Faheem Siddiqui and Physical Trainer Syed Azhar Hussain were also handed handsome cash prizes by the chief guest. Notably, as many as 36 boys and girls of different age groups participated in the one and half month-long SBP High Performance Tennis Training Camp that was organized under the supervision of qualified coaches such as Davis Cupper Heera Ashiq, Ahmed Babar and Imran Bhatti under the able supervision of SBP Head Coach Rashid Malik.
ATP World Tennis Championship: Aisam and Sanders reach final
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Tennis star, Aisam Qureshi pairing with his Dutch partner Sanders Arend have reached the final of the TED Open ATP Challenger World Tennis Championship after beating their duo of opponents in Istanbul Turkey on Saturday.According to available information from abroad, Aisam Qureshi and Dutch lad Sanders Arend overcame the Indian, and Australian duo of Jeevan Needunchzhiyan and John Patrick Smith after a well-contested three-set match. The final score-line was 6-4, 5-7, and 11-9, as the match lasted over two hours.Earlier in the quarterfinal, they outclassed an all-Dutch team of Jesper de Jong and Mats Hermans in straight sets 2-0 with the score-line of 6-4, and 7-6. They also defeated Israeli pair Daniel Cukeirman and Joshua Paris 2-1. The final score-line was 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Aqeel Khan wins Captain Mohammad Fahad Shaheed Tennis Tournament
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan number one tennis player, Aqeel Khan has won the Men’s Singles title of the Captain Mohammad Fahad Khan Shaheed Tennis tournament after beating Barkatullah in straight sets 2-0 in the final here at the Institute of Space Technology University (ISTU) on Friday.Aqeel Khan from WAPDA outclassed Pakistan number 6 Barkatullah from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Police by conceding just three games in both sets. The final score-line was 6-3, and 6-3.Earlier, in 60+ single final, Inam-ul-Haq defeated Faisal Ahmad 2-0 with the score-line of 6-1, and 6-2. Meanwhile, in 45+ double Inam ul Haq and col. Ziauddin Tufail beat Kashif Ali and Haider Khan with the score-line of 6-3, 6-2. Major General (Retd) Rehan Abdul Baqi vice chancellor ISTU graced the closing ceremony as chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners.