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TENNIS - Davis Cup 04 Feb, 2024

Davis Cup Tennis Tie: India outclass Pakistan 4-0
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: India beat hosts Pakistan 4-0 in the Davis Cup World Group I Play-off Tie after winning all four matches at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex. On Sunday, Pakistan lost Doubles and a reverse single match.The Indian duo of Saketh Myneni and Yuki Myneni outplayed Aqeel Khan and Muzammil in straight sets 2-0 with the score-line of 6-3, and 7-6. Later on, in singles, India's Niki Poonacha defeated Mohammad Shoaib in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to extend his country's lead to 4-0.

TENNIS - Davis Cup 03 Feb, 2024

Davis Cup Tennis Tie: India earn 2-0 lead against hosts Pakistan
Ramkumar overcomes Aisam 2-1 in a thrilling three sets contest at grass courtsAbdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: The Indian tennis team earned a 2-0 lead against Pakistan in the Davis Cup Tennis Tie World Group 1 play-off, which started at the grass courts of Aisam Tennis Arena, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Saturday. Ramkumar Ramanathen, and Sriram Balaji claimed victories for India. The Doubles’ and two reverse singles will be played on Sunday (February 4, 2024) at the same venue.In the first singles, Ramkumar Ramanathen won the toss and decided to serve first, as he hit the first serve in the net, however, the Indian guy played an aggressive game and won the first game without conceding a solitary point. Both players exhibited top-class tennis in the first set and maintained their respective serves till 6-6. Aisam won the first set on tie-break at 7-3 by smashing a couple of aces.After losing the first set, Ramkumar changed his strategy and broke the first game of Aisam without conceding a single point. He maintained the same pace in the second game and finished in a similar style without losing any points and made the score 2-0. Aisam bounced back in the set by breaking the 4th game of his challenger to square the set point 2-2. Both players retained serves in the rest of the eight games. The score was one again level at 6-6. This time Ramkumar won the set on a tie-break to level the match at 2-2.In the decisive set, Aisam did not feel well owing to his injury and during the set, he got three minutes of a medical break. Ramkumar finished the third set 6-0. The final score-line of the match was 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-4), 6-0.  In the second match, Sriram Balaji defeated Aqeel Khan in straight sets 2-0 at the same venue. The final score-line was 7-5, and 6-3. 

TENNIS - Davis Cup 02 Feb, 2024

Davis Cup Tennis Tie between Pakistan and India to start on Saturday
Aisam to face Ramkumar in the opening fixture of the World Group 1 Play-offAbdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: The Davis Cup Tennis Tie World Group 1 play-off between traditional rivals nations Pakistan and India will get underway here at the grass courts Aisam Tennis Arena of the Pakistan Sports Complex on Saturday, as ace national tennis player, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi will face Ramkumar Ramanathen in the opening fixture.Referee Javier Moreno Perez announced the Draws on Friday at a local hotel. Pakistani tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq will take on Ramkumar Ramanathen of visiting team in the first single of the Davis Cup Tennis Tie while Pakistan number one Aqeel Khan will meet Shriram Balaji in the second encounter of the day.On the second day, the duo of local tennis lads, Muzammil Murtaza pairing with Barkatullah will lock horns with Indian pair Yuki Bhambri, and Saketh Myneni in the Doubles fixture. Reverse Singles will also be played on Sunday at the same venue.Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi said: “We are well prepared to encounter high-ranked Indian tennis players in the Davis Cup competitions. I have played against all visiting team’s lads in different tennis events abroad. This time we do not have the grass court advantage because Indian players also play on grass courts but will have a plus point of a home ground and home crowd advantage and people should come and support the national players. We will play a positive game to produce a notable performance against India”.  Indian coach Zeeshan Ali said: “We came here to play the Davis Cup Tennis Tie, which is very important for us. We will try our best to win the vital tie. Our players are confident to give maximum against the host side that has world-class players but we are focused on our game and I hope my boys will do well in the Davis Cup Tennis Tie, as our team is visiting Pakistan after 64 years. We had won the previous tie 4-0. Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) provided us with international standard facilities here during the last four days”.  Match Officials: Javier Moreno Perez (Referee), Emanuel Joseph (Chair Umpire), Nicholas Stellabotte (Chair Umpire), Shahzad Akhter Alvi (Chief of Umpires)Schedule: Davis Cup Tennis Tie (Pakistan vs India)First Singles: Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi vs Ramkumar RamanathanSecond Singles: Aqeel Khan vs Shriram BalajiDoubles: Muzammil Murtaza, Barkatullah vs Yuki Bhambri, Saketh MyneniReverse Singles-1: Aqeel Khan vs Ramkumar RamanathanReverse Singles-2: Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi vs Shriram BalajiIndia officials: Rohit Rajpal (Non-playing Captain), Zeeshan Ali (Coach), Debashish Das, and Anand Kumar (Physios), Anil Dhupar (Manager), Sunil Yajaman (Coordinator)Pakistan Official: Mohammad Abid (Non-playing captain).

TENNIS - Davis Cup 22 Jan, 2024

PTF announces a five-man team for Davis Cup Tie against India
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Monday announced a five-member team for The Davis Cup Tennis Tie, which will be played against traditional foes India on February 3 and 4, 2024 here at Grass Courts of Pakistan Sports Complex.Names of Pakistani players: Muzammil Murtaza, Aisam ul Haq Qureshi, Aqeel Khan, Mohammad Shoaib, BarkatullahOfficials: Mohammad Abid (non-playing captain).Names of Indian players: Regards, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Shriram Balaji, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni, Niki Poonacha, S D Prajwal Dev (reserve)Officials: Rohit Rajpal (Captain), Zeeshan Ali (Coach), Debashish Das & Anand Kumar (Physios), Anil Dhupar (Manager), Sunil Yajaman (Coordinator). 

TENNIS - Davis Cup 20 Jan, 2024

PTF names 3-boy team for Boys’ Under-16 Juniors Davis Cup
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Three teenager tennis players, Hamza Roman, Mikaeel Biag, Abubakar Talha, have been selected for the Pakistan Under-16 Boys’ team for the Pre-Qualifying Event of the Aisa /Oceana Davis Cup Under-16 Junior fixture, which will be played from February 19 to 24, 2024 in Sri Lanka.According to an official of Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), the players have been picked-up after conducting trials at SDA-PTF Tennis Complex. Hamza Roman, Mikaeel Biag, and Abubakar Talha produced acceptable performance during the trials.

TENNIS - Davis Cup 17 Sep, 2023

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.” 

TENNIS - Davis Cup 16 Sep, 2023

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.

TENNIS - Davis Cup 15 Sep, 2023

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 - Davis Cup 24 Aug, 2023

Tennis News: PTF finalizes team for Davis Cup Tie against Indonesia
Asiam to lead Pakistan squad, includes Aqeel Khan, Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Abid, BarkatullahSports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has finalized the national team for the upcoming Davis Cup Tennis Tie against Indonesia, which will be played next month at Grass Courts of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) in the premises of Pakistan Sports Complex (PSC).According to an official, Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Abid, and Barkatullah became part of the national team after producing acceptable performances in the trials, which were held at Grass Courts of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) from August 16 to 21, 2023. Tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Pakistan number one Aqeel Khan were exempted from trials. Aisam will be playing captain of the Pakistan team.As many as seven players including Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Abid, Yousaf Khalil, Mudassir Murtaza, Barkatullah, Abdullah Adnan and Heera Ashiq took part in the trials, as per PTF National Ranking while USA-based Mujtaba Ali Khan was given a Presidential Wildcard. After an exciting and tough competition, Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Abid and Barkatullah have been selected for the Pakistan team.The training Camp for the Davis Cup tie will start on September 1, 2023 at the same venue. PTF Executive Committee after consulting with Davis Cup Captain Aisam ul Haq Qureshi decided that the former Davis Cup player Mushaf Zia shall be the team coach, and along with the captain, will oversee the training camp as well.Names of selected Pakistan team:Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Playing Captain), Aqeel Khan, Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Abid, Barkatullah

TENNIS - Davis Cup 05 May, 2023

Tennis News: Davis Cup Juniors Asia Oceania Final Qualifying from May 8
Captain Nouman, Nadir Mirza, Hamza Roman and Abubakar to represent PakistanSports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan Under-16 junior tennis team will visit Shymkent, Kazakhstan to participate in the Davis Cup Juniors Asia Oceania Final Qualifying, which will be held from May 8 to 13, 2023According to an official of the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), Pakistani contingent will consist of 4 members including captain Nouman-ul-Haq and three other players Nadir Reza Mirza, Hamza Roman, and Abubakar Talha.President PTF, Senator Salim Saifullah Khan expressed his best wishes to the team. “Hard work, dedication and passion for tennis are always rewarded. The development of upcoming budding players and their participation in international events is one of the priorities of federation, “he added.