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TENNIS - National27 Sep 2022

Aitchison College Junior Tennis: Triple crowns for Bilal and Abubakar
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Lahore: Bilal Asim and Abubakar Talha claimed three titles each in the Aitchison College Junior National Tennis Championship 2022 that concluded here at the Aitchison College Mall Road Lahore on Tuesday. In the Boys Under-18 final, Bilal Asim of SICAS beat Farman Shakeel 3-6,6-4,4-0(Rtd). Bilal doubled his titles when he, partnering with Ahtesham Humayun, beat Farman Shakeel/ Ali Talha 7-5, 6-0 in the boys U-18 doubles final. The rising star, Bilal, completed the hat-trick of titles when he outclassed Asad Zaman by 6-0, 6-2 in the boys U-16 final. Talking to media after claiming a hat-trick of titles, Bilal Asim dedicated the first-ever grass court title to his mentor and coach Rashid Malik (Tamgh-e-Imtiaz), saying, "It was all due to able guidance and coaching of my coach Rashid Malik, who trained me well and transformed into a true champion. I am working very hard now and after dominating national junior circuit, I am keen to do well at Asian Level and win glories for the country." Abubakar Talha of Wapda was another rising star, who grabbed three titles in the event. In the Boys’ Under-14 final, Abubakar Talha beat Omer Jawad 6-2, 6-4 to claim the first title. He doubled his titles when he, partnering with Zohaib Afzal Malik, defeated Ameer Mazari and Muzamil Khan 5-4, 5-3 in the Boys’ Under-14 doubles final. Abubakar, a shinning student of F.G Middle School Mazhar Lines Lahore Cantt, completed the hat-trick of titles by beating Omer Jawad 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 in the Boys Under-12 final. Zohaib Afzal Malik (LGS Phase V) also completed the brace of titles when he, partnering with Hamza Ali Rizwan (LGS Paragon), outpaced the pair of Omer Jawad and Ismail Aftab by 4-2, 4-1 in the boys U-12   doubles final. In the Girls Under-12 final, Bismel Zia clinched her maiden tennis title when she defeated spirited Hajra Suhail by 4-2, 4-5 and 4-0. Bismel thanked her coach Rashid Malik and his assistant Amjad Farooq for their superb tennis lessons that helped her emerge as title winner in the national junior event. In the Girls Under-18 final, Amna Ali Qayum of Islamabad beat Zahra Suleman 6-0, 6-2 to lift the title. In the boys/girls U-10 final, Rashid Ali Bachani beat Hajra Suhail 4-1, 4-0. In the  boys/girls U-8, Ahsan Bari bagged gold medal, Mamnoon Bari silver and Daniyal Andullah bronze medal. In the boys/girls U-6, Soha Abdullah won the gold medal, Mamnoon Bari silver and Saeed Shafi bronze medal. Principal Aitchison College Lahore Michael Thomson graced the concluding ceremony as chief and he, along with PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik, distributed prizes and shields among the winners in the presence of players, their families and tennis enthusiasts. Rashid Malik thanked Principal Aitchison College Lahore Michael Thomson for his consecutive support for the junior development and continuously sponsoring this championship, where promising tennis players take part from across the country and take part in competitive event for the national titles. 

TENNIS - National23 Sep 2022

Bilal, Haider advance in Aitchison College Junior Tennis Championship
SPORTS BULLETIN Lahore:-Emerging tennis stars Bilal Asim and Haider Ali Rizwan advanced to the next round of the Aitchison College Junior National Tennis Championship 2022 here at the Aitchison College tennis courts on Thursday. Results: Under-18 (Round-2): Bilal Asim (SICAS) beat Arman Kamran 6-2, 6-2, Mohammad Zaryab Khan beat Hassan Ali 6-2, 6-2, Haider Ali Rizwan (LGS Paragon) beat Hamza Jawad 6-0, 6-3, Ahtesham Humayun beat Mohammad Shahid 6-3, 6-2, Asad Zaman beat Harris Wahla 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, Farman Shakeel beat Shehryar Anees 6-3, 7-5, Mohammad Ahtesham beat Salaar Khan 2-6, 6-7, 6-4 and Abdul Hanan Khan beat Husnain Ali Rizwan 6-3, 6-4. Under-16 (Round-2): Bilal Asim beat Hanzla Anwar 6-0, 6-0, Arman Kamran beat Mohammad Sohaan Noor 6-3, 6-3, Ahtesham Humayun beat M Salaar Khan 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, Shehryar Anees beat Raja Mustafa 6-2, 6-3, Haider Ali Rizwan beat Waleed Humayun 6-4, 6-1, Hamza Rehmat beat Mohammad Shaheer Khan 6-2, 6-2 and Asad Zaman beat Zain Saeed 6-2, 6-3. Under-14 (Round-2): Ismail Aftab beat Aryan Hassan 4-0, 4-0, Abubakar Talha beat Ihsan Ullah 4-0, 4-0, Abdur Rehman beat Eesa Bilal 4-1, 4-1, Omer Jawad beat Muzamil Khan 4-0, 5-3, Nabeel Ali Qayum beat M Rehan Shahid 3-5, 4-2, 4-2, Ameer Ali Mazari beat Allay Hussain 4-1, 4-1. Under-12 (Round-1): Haziq Ali Arejoo beat Safi Ullah 4-0, 4-0, Rashid Ali Bachani beat Abdur Rehman Zahid 4-1, 4-1, Moazam Babar beat Mohammad Araiz Hussain 4-0, 4-0, Ali Bachani beat Hafiz Hassan 4-0, 4-1, Ismail Aftab beat Eesa Khan Malik 4-0, 4-0, Majid Ali Arejoo beat Romail Shahid 5-3, 4-1, Abubakar Talha beat Mohammad Ali Bhand 4-0, 4-0.  Under-10 (round-1): Shafay Iqbal beat Mohammad Nameer 4-0, 4-2, Zayd Ahmad beat Musa Ali 4-0, 4-1, Mohammad Ali Bhand beat Taha Asad 4-0, 4-1, Moazam Babar beat Shaheer Hassan 4-0, 4-0, Aimen Rehan beat Saad Ullah 5-3, 4-1, Ameen Abdullah beat Hayyan Farrukh 4-1, 4-1.

TENNIS - National21 Sep 2022

Aitchison College Junior National Tennis Championship kicks off
SPORTS BULLETIN Lahore:-The qualifying and main draw matches of different categories were decided in the Aitchison College Junior National Tennis Championship 2022 that commenced here at the Aitchison College Mall Road, Lahore on Wednesday. Omer Zaman Khan (Games Master Aitchison College) and Sajjad Rasul (Head of Sports/Tennis/Tournament Referee) inaugurated the championship, as they interacted with the players, welcomed them and wished them all for their better performance in the championship during opening ceremony. Results: Under-18 (First Round): Bilal Asim beat Shaheer Dilshad 6-0, 6-0 Hassan Ali beat Abubakar Khalil 6-1, 6-1 Haider Ali Rizwan beat Husnain Ali 6-4, 6-2 Ahtesham Humayun beat Yahya Musa Luni 6,-2, 6-0 Hammad beat Zaeem Ghafoor 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 Asad Zaman beat Inam Qadir 6-0, 6-0 Harris Wahla beat Rehan Omer 6-2, 6-1 Shehryar Anees beat Aized Khalil 6-0, 6-0 Farman Shakeel best Ahmad Ismail Sheikh 6-0, 6-0 Mohammad Ahtesham beat Zain Saeed 6-1, 6-1 Mohammad Salaar Khan beat Kanwar Rehman 6-2, 6-1 Hussnain Ali Rizwan beat Hamza Rehmat 6-4, 6-4 Abdul Hannan Khan beat Yafat Nadeem 6-2, 6-3. Under-16 (First Round): Bilal Asim beat Manan Arshad 6-0, 6-0 Hanzla Anwar beat Ihsan Ullah 6-1, 6-1 Mohammad Sohaan Noor beat Nadeem Ali 6-1, 6-1 Mohammad Salaar Khan beat Hammad Shahid 6-2, 6-1 Mohammad Rehan Shahid Aized Khalil 6-1, 6-2 Hussain Ali Rizwan beat Muzamil Khan 6-1, 6-4 Shehryar Anees beat Ameer Hamid 6-0, 6-0 Haider Ali Rizwan beat Yahya Musa 6-4, 6-3 Mohammad Shaheer Khan beat Inam Qadir 7-5, 7-5 Hamza Rehmat beat Abubakar Khalil 6-4, 6-4.

TENNIS - National30 Aug 2022

Bilal shocks Heera to win Punjab Open Tennis Championship title
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Bilal beat Heera to win Punjab Open Tennis Championship title that concluded at State-of-the-Art Tennis Courts adjacent to Punjab International Tennis Stadium, Nishtar Park Sports Complex here on Tuesday. DG Sports Punjab Tariq Qureshi was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Director Sports Nadeem Qaiser, former Davis Cupper and Secretary Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) Rashid Malik and other officials were also present on this occasion. Rashid Malik also presented a shield to DG Sports Punjab. DG Sports Punjab Tariq Qureshi also witnessed thrilling final matches and later distributed trophies and prizes among the prominent performers of Punjab Open Tennis Championship. Talking to media, Tariq Qureshi said that the State-of-the-Art Tennis Courts are a wonderful addition in the network of top class sports facilities prepared by Sports Board Punjab across the province. “These courts have been prepared in a scientific manner on the pattern of international standard courts used in the US Open Tennis Championship,” he elaborated. Results (Finals): Men's singles: Winner Bilal Asim, runner-up Heera Ashiq Boys U-18: Winner Asad Zaman, runner-up Raahim Khan Girls U-18: Winner Ammal Ali Qayyum, runner-up Zahra Salman Boys/girls U-16: Winner Abu Baker Talha, runner-up Asad Zaman Boys/girls U-16 doubles: Winners Abu Baker Talha, Zohaib Afzal Malik, runners-up Nabeel Ali Qayyum, Ammal Ali Qayyum Boys U-14: Winner Umer Jawad, runner-up Abdullah Pirzada Boys/girls U-12: Winner Umer Jawad, runner-up Abdul Rehman Boys/girls U-10: Winner Hajra Sohail, runner-up Mustfa Uzair Boys/girls U-8: Winner Ahsan Bari, runner-up Moosa Pirzada Boys/girls U-6: Winner Soha Abdullah, runner-up Mohammad Moosa.  

TENNIS - National29 Aug 2022

Punjab Open Tennis Championship: Asad Zaman reaches semis
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Pakistan's rising junior star Asad Zaman reached the semifinals of the Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Open Tennis Championship after winning his respective semifinals of the U-18 and U-16 here at the SBP's Tennis Academy Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Sunday. On the third day of the prestigious event, total 24 matches were played and talented Asad Zaman won both of his quarterfinals to book berths in U-18 and U-16 semifinals. First, Asad outsmarted spirited Abubakar Talha by 8-2 to earn a place in the U-18 semifinal. Then he played tremendous tennis against young Eesa Bilal and overwhelmed him by 8-1 to make into another semifinal of U-16. After qualifying for the semifinals of two categories, Asad Zaman said: "First of all, I am thankful to Allah Almighty and then Tariq Zaman, CEO of Ali Embroidery Mills, for sponsoring me that is helping me emerge as top national U-18 and U-16 players and also winning titles one after another. I am also grateful to my mentor and coach Rashid Malik (Tamgh-e-Imtiaz) for training me so that I have been excelling in the national circuit and keen to doing well in the international circuit as well." In the men's singles quarterfinals, Heera Ashiq was in great form and outlasted Hassan Riaz by 6-1, 6-1. Imran Bhatti of Lahore Gymkhana played well against Ahmad Waqas Basit and outpaced him by 6-3, 6-3. Another emerging star Bilal Asim played well against veteran Sikandar Hayat and defeated him by 6-2, 6-4. Abdullah Adnan trounced young Hamza Jawad 6-1, 6-0 to earn a place in the semifinals. The boys U-18 quarterfinals saw Raahim Khan doing well against Aized Khalil and toppling him by 8-2. Another promising player Hamza Jawad showed his skills against Aoun Raza by thrashed him by 8-0. Abubakar Khalil also utilised his experience against Zain Saeed well and won the encounter by 8-1. In the boys U-16 quarterfinals, rising girls star of the country Amna Ali Qayum from Islamabad proved the power of women against a young boy Abdullah Pirzada and outshone him by 8-3. Abubakar Talha of Wapda didn't allow his young and spirited opponent Abdur Rehman and outclassed him by a thumping margin of 8-0. In the boys/girls U-14 quarterfinals, Omer Jawad taught a tennis lessen to young Bismal Zia 6-0 while Abdur Rehman (AAA Associates & SICAS) shone against Rehan Shahid and edged out him by 6-4. Another promising player Nabeel Ali Qayum played well against Hashir Alam and defeated him by 6-4. In the last quarterfinal, Abdullah Pirzada outsmarted M Sohaan Noor by 6-2. In the boys/girls U-12 quarterfinals, Omer Jawad trounced Mauz Shahbaz 6-0, Hajra Suhail (AAA Associates & SICAS) beat Bismal Zia 6-2, Romail Shahid beat Hafiz Hassan Ali 7-5 and Abdur Rehman (SICAS) beat Ayyan Shahbaz 6-1. In the boys/girls U-10 pre-quarterfinals, Hajra Suhail beat Aized Siraj 6-0, Mauz Shahbaz beat M Ahil Najoom 6-0, Mustafa Uzair Rana beat Taha Asad 6-1, Salman Fawad beat Ameen Abdullah 6-4 and Zayd Ahmad beat Ahsan Bari 6-1.

TENNIS - National27 Aug 2022

Punjab Open Tennis Championship starts at Nishtar Park Lahore
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Punjab Open Tennis Championship 2022 got underway at State-of-the-Art five Tennis Courts adjacent to Punjab International Tennis Stadium, Nishtar Park Sports Complex under the aegis of Sports Board Punjab here on Friday evening. Former Davis Cupper and Secretary Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) Rashid Malik and other notable sports figures were also present on this occasion. The final of the 5-day Punjab Open Tennis Championship will be played on August 30 at the same venue. Around 150 male and female tennis players from all parts of the province are participating in this high-profile tennis championship. The championship is being contested in various age group categories including men's singles, boys U-18, girls U-18, boys U-16, boys U-14, boys/girls U-12, boys/girls U-10, boys/girls U-8 and boys/girls U-6. Results (Singles Pre-Quarters): Heera Ashiq beat Shahrukh Hussain 8-0 Imran Bhatti beat Hassan Kamran 8-0 Hamza beat Kamran Qureshi 8-2 Bilal Asim beat Abdul Saboor 8-0 Sikandar Hayat beat Aakif Hussain 8-0 Ahmad Waqas Basit beat M Faisal 8-1 Abdullah Adnan beat Saif ul Aziz 8-2 Boys’ Under-18 (Quarterfinals): Hamza Jawad beat Around Raza 6-0 Abu Bakar Khalil beat Zain Saeed 6-1 Men’s Singles (Round-I): Shahrukh Hussain beat Mohammad Akash 8-2 Hassan Riaz beat Farhan Qureshi 8-3 Rana Humayun beat Syed Shams ud Din 8-0 Saif ul Aziz beat Zain Butt 8-3 Amza Jawad beat Waqar Younis 8-1 Bilala Asim beat Ahmad Khan 8-0 Aakif Hussain beat Zaeem Ghafoor 8-2 Sikander Hayyat beat Syed M Mekaeel 8-1 Ahmad Waqas Basit beat Ahmad Adnan 8-5 Boys’ Under-18 (Round-I): Raahim Khan beat Zaeem Ghafoor 6-2 Zain Saeed beat Mohammad Safin Khan 6-4 Abu Bakar Talha beat Mohammad Hammad Shahi

TENNIS - National10 Aug 2022

Aisam-ul-Haq launches ACE Tennis Talent Hunt Program
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan’s top tennis star, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has launched his ACE Tennis Talent Hunt Program at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex Islamabad, as a 2-day trials held under the supervision of Aisam ul Haq Qureshi on Augusr 8 and 9, 2022. A sizeable number of young tennis players of Under-14 and Under-18 age categories from Islamabad and surrounding areas participated in the trials. The talent hunt program was initiated by Aisam-ul-Haq along with Aqeel Khan in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar to identify fresh talent of potential tennis players. Salim Saifullah Khan President, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) visited PTF Tennis Complex and witnessed the trials and exchanged views with Aisam on this initiative. He also appreciated the efforts of Aisam ul Haq in undertaking this project, which will help promote tennis in the country. The President-PTF also extended all possible support to the ACE management from the Pakistan Tennis Federation. The appearance of Aisam ul Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan on the scene is a good omen and he hoped that with the collective efforts, the game of tennis would further achieve the required standard.  

TENNIS - National05 Aug 2022

Aisam-ul-Haq applauds Punjab government for constructing world-class tennis courts
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Taking another historic step Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Asadullah Faiz inaugurated five international standard tennis courts and Punjab’s first tennis academy adjacent to State of the Art Tennis Stadium at Nishtar Park Sports Complex by playing a shot against female tennis star Ushna Sohail on Thursday. Director General Sports Punjab Mohammad Tariq Qureshi, Director Sports Nadeem Qaiser, Director Youth Affairs Syed Omair Hasan, Deputy Directors Rauf Bajwa and Chand Perveen, DSO Tanveer Shah, former Davis Cupper and Secretary PLTA Rasheed Malik, Pakistan’s world class tennis star AisamulHaq, Pakistan men’s number one Aqeel Khan, female tennis star Ushna Sohail and a large number of tennis officials and enthusiasts were also present on this occasion. Talking to media on this occasion, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab AsadullahFaiz said it is a matter of great pleasure that a State of the Art Tennis facility is being launched for the talented tennis players of the province. “These courts are equipped with all international level facilities and now we will be able to organize international level tennis tournaments at our own venues. Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Asadullah Faiz said that Punjab Sports Department has completed its responsibility and now its obligation of our coaches, trainers and young talented male and female tennis players to avail these facilities to the maximum and polish their skills. “The main objective of these modern tennis courts and academy is to groom young players from the age of 5 to 10 up to U-12, U-13 and U-16. In this way we will be able to produce several tennis stars in future,” he added. Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Asadullah Faiz said that the tennis academy would be made more effective and operative so that budding players of the province could take maximum benefit out of this outstanding facility. “5 State of the Art tennis courts have been opened for players in Nishtar Park Sports Complex”. Director General Sports Punjab Mohammad Tariq Qureshi said that the talented players will be provided top level sports facilities so that they can win laurels for the country in international sports competitions. “Bringing youngsters towards sports activities is our mission and we will utilise all our resources for this purpose. Now we can say that the future of tennis is bright in our country”. World class tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq on this occasion thanked Sports Board Punjab and Punjab Sports Department for launching international standard tennis facility. “Sports Board Punjab has done its job by building world-class tennis courts, now it is the players' job to work hard”. Aisam-ul-Haq said these days young players are getting top class tennis facilities which were not available to us. “The new players now will have to do something now. “The tennis courts have modern facilities which are very pleasing to see,” he added.

TENNIS - National27 Jul 2022

Punjab to hold Punjab Open Tennis Tournament in August
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Asadullah Faiz has announced that Sports Department Punjab will hold the Punjab Open Tennis Tournament 2022 here at the state-of-the-art Tennis Stadium, Nishtar Park Sports Complex in August.  Asadullah Faiz made this announcement on Tuesday during his inspection visit to the Tennis Stadium along with former Davis Cupper and PLTA Secretary General Rashid Malik (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), Director Sports Nadeem Qaiser, Deputy Director Rauf Bajwa and other officials. The Secretary Sports inspected the courts and the stadium and directed the officials concerned to complete the remaining work soon so that the grand tennis event may be conducted at the venue at the end of the next month.  “The purpose of conducting the Punjab Open Tennis Tournament is to provide opportunities to tennis players to exhibit their prowess in the mega event and also earn handsome prize money. Hopefully, top players will compete in the event and display high-quality tennis skills and techniques against each other with the aim of winning prestigious titles after giving their best against the best in the business,” he added.  Asadullah Faiz also expressed the hope to host the ATF and ITF junior tennis tournaments at the state-of-the-art Tennis Stadium at Nishtar Park Sports Complex. “We are in talks with the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association regarding hosting the first-ever Asian Junior Tennis event at the Tennis Stadium and after this inaugural international event, we will continue to host ATF and ITF events every year. These international events will help our players not only improve their games and skills but also their international rankings.” Speaking on the occasion, PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik thanked Secretary Sports Punjab Asadullah Faiz for taking keen interest in the promotion and development of tennis in Punjab especially at junior level. “We are especially focusing on junior tennis development because they are our real asset and future stars, who will represent the country in ATF, ITF and Grand Slam events and try to win international laurels for Pakistan.” Malik said that besides the main five courts at the Tennis Stadium, there are four separate courts for junior players. “I am grateful to Secretary Sports Punjab Asadullah Faiz for establishing separate courts for juniors. The PLTA, in collaboration with Punjab Sports Department and Sports Board Punjab, will host ITF’s Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI) Program, where the kids of age U-6 to U-12 will be trained.  “Most of our top ranked junior stars are the product of the JTI Program and we will continue to hold JTI program at these courts, so that we may find more promising and talented tennis players that will be coached and trained under able coaches and trainers and the most talented and shining ones among them will surely win international glories for Pakistan,” the PLTA Secretary added. 

TENNIS - National30 Jun 2022

First-ever High Performance Tennis Training Camp concludes
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The month-long first-ever National High Performance Tennis Training Camp concluded here at the Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah on Wednesday. The camp was sponsored by Ali Embroidery Mills and was conducted by Punjab Lawn Tennis Association in collaboration with Sports Board Punjab. Omer Zaman of Ali Embroider Mills graced the concluding ceremony as chief guest and distributed shields and certificates among the participants of the camp. The notable ones present on the occasion were PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik (the camp commandant), Pakistan No 1 tennis player Aqeel, Davis Cupper Shahzad Khan, former Pakistan No 1 junior Ahmad Babar, Ali Hassan, Mian Asad Shujah Ur Rehman, Nadeem Atta Sheikh, Sohail Malik, Dur-e-Shawar, Asfaq Chohan, Sajid Bukhari, Sami Farooq, Jawad Noor, Haroon Sheikh, tennis players and their families. Speaking on the occasion, Rashid Malik especially thanked Tariq Zaman of Ali Embroidery Mills and hoped that he would continue to support tennis especially for the development of junior tennis. He also thanked the players and their families, who participated in the tennis camp saying, “The camp will play an important role in their tennis careers and when they will represent their country in international events, this training will help them produce better results.” Talking to the journalists, longest serving Pakistan No. 1 Aqeel Khan said that he and all the other coaches, who made this tennis camp a success, are grateful to PLTA and its Secretary General Rashid Malik for taking this historical step, which will benefit the young tennis players in the long run. “This camp will prove very useful for future tennis players and their careers. Whenever they will represent the country at international circuit, they will find themselves better and improved players and hopefully, they will try to give better results for Pakistan. “PLTA Secretary and coach Rashid Malik and his entire team deserves due credit for conducting this first-ever High Performance Tennis Training Camp in a trend-setting manner. The way they provided us all the necessary facilities and superb support, it is really commendable. I hope that the PLTA and the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) will continue this great initiative and conduct such High Performance Tennis Camps at least once or twice a year,” Aqeel concluded.
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