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Wheelchair Tennis player, Asif Abbasi earns another honour for Pakistan
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan number one wheelchair tennis player, Asif Gul Abbasi created another history by winning the "Lee Valley Wheelchair Tennis Tournament" in London, as Abbasi displayed great skill and determination throughout the tournament, beating their hard-hitting opponents to earn himself a place in the "Play Your Way to Wimbledon" National finals in August, which will be held on the iconic grass courts of Wimbledon. Despite carrying a shoulder injury from previous tournaments, Abbasi showed no signs of slowing down and played some outstanding tennis to secure his victory in the tournament. He was the top seed in the tournament and won the final with the score-line by 7-6 (6) and 6-1. The "Play Your Way to Wimbledon" initiative, which is a joint venture between the LTA and Vodafone, is aimed at giving national wheelchair tennis players the opportunity to compete in the National finals at Wimbledon. There are three qualifying tournaments, namely Lee Valley, Grantham, and Loughborough University wheelchair tennis tournaments, and the finalists from these tournaments will be competing in the finals at Wimbledon. Abbasi and the other finalists have now qualified for the national finals at Wimbledon, which is a significant achievement and a proud moment for the Pakistani tennis community. The fact that Abbasi was able to overcome his injury and still play at such a high level is a testament to his skill and dedication. In a statement, Abbasi expressed his joy and excitement at the prospect of playing at Wimbledon. He said, "This is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to play on the grass courts of Wimbledon, and now that I have the opportunity to do so, I will give it my all and make Pakistan proud." The Pakistani tennis community has rallied behind Abbasi, congratulating him on his victory and wishing him the best of luck for the national finals at Wimbledon. This achievement by Abbasi is not only a personal triumph but also a symbol of hope and inspiration for disabled athletes.
BNP Paribas ITF wheelchair tennis: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 3-0
Sports Bulletin Report Pattaya (Thailand): Sri Lanka wheelchair tennis team beat Pakistan 3-0 in the BNP Paribas ITF wheelchair tennis world cup qualifier at Pattaya Thailand on the 2nd day of competition. Results (Sri Lanka beat Pakistan) 3-0 Kumara KGM Parderp beat Fida Hussain 6-0, 6-0 Dissanayake Gamini beat Asif Abbasi 6-2, 6-3 Dharmasena Suresh & Dissanayake Gamini beat Mohammad Ayub and Asif Abbasi 6-0, 6-0
Asia Oceania Qualification: Australia beat Pakistan 3-0
Sports Bulletin Report Pattaya (Thailand): Heavyweight Australia wheelchair tennis team outclassed low-ranked Pakistan 3-0 in the first Pool match of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asia Oceania Qualification competitions that started at Pattaya Thailand. In the first single, Pakistani lad Fida Hussain lost to Parker Anderson, who is currently world number 24 in ITF wheelchair tennis rankings. In straight sets 2-0, as the final score-line was just 6-0 and 6-1. Later, in the second single, world number 29 Week Benn defeated Pakistan No.1 Asif Abbasi in a similar style 2-0. Asif, who beat Indian players last year in Turkiye, failed to win even a single game. He could not join the practice session before the crucial contest against Australia owing to missing his equipment. In the Double, a duo of Australian wheelchair tennis players, Parker Anderson and Dunn Martyn beat Asif Gul Abbasi / Fida Hussain with the score-line of 6-0 and 6-0. Results (Australia beat Pakistan 3-0): Parker Anderson beat Fida Hissain 6-0, 6-1 Weeks Benn beat Asif Gul Abbasi 6-0, 6-0 Parker Anderson / Dunn Martyn beat Asif Gul Abbasi / Fida Hussain 6-0, 6-0
Pakistan to participate in World Team Cup Qualification competitions
Sports Bulletin Report Pattaya (Thailand): Pakistan wheelchair tennis team comprising Asif Gul Abbasi, Fida Hussain, and Mohammad Ayub Khan along with a non-playing captain-cum-coach Mohammad Khalid Rehmani arrived at Pattaya Greta Sports Club to take part in BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asia/ Oceania Qualification competitions. As many as 8 teams from the region including Australia, China, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Korea, Sri Lanka, and host Thailand will fight for the top position, as the topper will join world teams of all regions for the final, which will take place later this year 2023 at United States of America (USA) It is pertinent to mention here that Green Shirts first time participated in this ITF wheelchair event in Antalya Turkey last year and secured 4th position in Asia, as Pakistan had defeated arch-rival India the first time in the history of tennis. Ace national wheelchair tennis lad, Asif Gul Abbasi played in ITF world Rankings tournament last week in the United Kingdom (UK) and reached the Men's Singles final and Men’s Doubles semifinal. Abbasi has been spotted at the 280 position in the World Ranking.
ITF 2 Wheelchair Tennis Tournament: Asif Abbasi spots in final
Sports Bulletin Report Bolton (UK): Pakistan's number one wheelchair tennis player, Asif Gul Abbasi put another feather in his cap after qualifying for the final of the ITF-II a second draw tournament that was held in Bolton, United Kingdom (UK). He made a mark in the wheelchair tennis history of Pakistan after beating a higher-ranked and top-seed player in the tournament. ITF-II a second draw tournament started on Monday and top wheelchair tennis players from around the world took part in the event. Despite facing tough competition, Abbasi showed remarkable grit and determination throughout the tournament, winning crucial matches to advance to the final. In the semi-finals, Abbasi faced the top-seeded player in the tournament, who was ranked much higher than him. However, Abbasi was not intimidated and played some outstanding tennis to secure a nerve-jangling victory in three sets contest. Asif Abbasi said in his post-match comments: "I am extremely happy to reach the final of a prestigious wheelchair tennis fixture. It was an uphill task for me but I toiled hard on the court and I was confident about producing a notable performance. I was eager and well geared-up to show notable performance against a higher-ranked tennis lad to prove that I am among the best players of the world."
Asif Abbasi to participate 2 international wheelchair tennis fixtures
Sports Bulletin Report London (UK): The Pakistan number one wheelchair tennis player, Asif Gul Abbasi will take part in a couple of international wheelchair tennis competitions, which will be rolled into action from February 17, 2023, in Bolton, United Kingdom (UK). The first tournament will be held from 17th to 19th February while the second on 21st to 24th February this year 2023. Asif, who has previously won three international tournaments for Pakistan and achieved a career-high world ranking of 82 in October 2018, hopes to gain valuable exposure and experience in international tennis. Asif Abbasi was the leader of the Pakistani wheelchair tennis team, and his leadership skills have been pivotal in the team's recent success. In March 2022, he led the team to victory against India by 2-1 in the World Team Cup qualifying round in Turkey, a historic moment in the tennis history of Pakistan. The team came fourth out of seven countries in the Asia Oceania group, cementing their position as a competitive team. The Pakistani wheelchair tennis team, comprising Asif Gul Abbasi, Fida Hussain, and Mohammad Ayub, with Khalid Rahmani as the team manager, will be preparing to participate in the Asian qualifying round, which will be taken place in Thailand from 28th February to 3rd March 2023. The team is focused on performing well in this qualification round of the world team and achieving success. They are well-prepared and have been working hard to improve their game in hopes of qualifying for the world team event. The participation of the Pakistani wheelchair tennis team in these international tournaments will certainly enhance the profile of wheelchair tennis in Pakistan and inspire a new generation of tennis players. Asif, the captain of the team, has already accomplished a lot and continues to make Pakistan proud by representing the country at an international level.
Asif Gul Abbasi an icon for Wheelchair tennis in Pakistan
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Asif Gul Abbasi is a trailblazer of wheelchair tennis in Pakistan. He is the first Pakistani wheelchair tennis player to win three international tournaments, reach at a world ranking of 82, and make a significant impact on the sport in his country. Not only is he a skilled and dedicated player, having won 16 national tournaments and being named "Player of the Year" three times, he is also a highly qualified coach, holding level 3 certification for tennis and level 2 certification for cricket. As a captain, he has led the Pakistani wheelchair tennis team to participate in the World Team Cup in Turkey for the first time in the country's 75-year history, finishing fourth out of seven in the Asia Oceania group and creating history by beating India in their group match. He continues to work hard as he is set to lead the team again in the upcoming World Team Cup in Thailand in February 2023. Abbasi's contributions to the sport in Pakistan are invaluable, and his achievements serve as inspiration to aspiring wheelchair athletes in Pakistan and around the world. He is a true ambassador of the sport and has raised the bar for wheelchair tennis players in Pakistan. He is the face of wheelchair tennis in Pakistan, and his legacy will be remembered for years to come.
Wheelchair Tennis Star Asif Abbasi determines to bring Laurels for the country
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan No. 1 wheelchair tennis star, Asif Gul Abbasi hoped that he would boost the green flag in the international sports arenas in upcoming prestigious international wheelchair tennis fixtures, as he was toiling hard to maintain fitness level. It is pertinent to mention here that Asif defeated high ranked Indian players in both Singles and Double event in the Wheelchair Tennis World Cup qualifying tournament in Antalya, Turkey. While talking to this international sports website over his mobile from London he added that the victory against traditional rival India encouraged him too much and he was toiling hard to give them tough fight in the forthcoming international wheelchair tennis events. Abbasi, 42, further said, “I won a total of three international tennis tournaments so far and I am solitary wheelchair tennis player of Pakistan, who broke into top 100 best world ranking 82 in the world in October 2018. I won 16 National series wheelchair tennis tournaments in the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was declared best player thrice in same years, “he maintained. Responding to a question, he said that he achieved these honours without any support or help from any organisation. “Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) should support me and I can win the medals in the international games including Paralympics in future. I had contacted Pakistan Paralympics and requested them to send my name for Paralympics 2020 but they did not take this seriously. Unfortunately I could not represent Pakistan in these games, “he replied.
Wheelchair Tennis: Malaysia qualify for World Group, Green Shirts remain 4th
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Malaysia Wheelchair Tennis defeated Australia 2-1 in the final of the BNP Paribas ITF Wheelchair Tennis Qualifier Cup concluded at Megasaray Tennis Academy Antalya Turkey, Pakistan got 4th position, as they were beaten by Iraq in the third position play-off. According to an official of Pakistan Wheelchair Tennis, Malaysia after this remarkable victory have confirmed their berth in the World Group fixture, which shall be held in Portugal in May 2022. Malaysia beat Australia in the Final of Asian regions with 2-1 sets Meanwhile ITF Wheelchair medical eligibility qualifications tests were held of Pakistan team and now all Pakistani players are eligible to take part in all the international wheelchair tennis competition s including Asian Paralympic, China later this year. Mohammad Khalid Rehmani,vice president Pakistan Tennis Federation held detailed meeting with ITF Wheelchair head Alistair and Suzi ( Development officer ITF) .ITF promised to support for the Development of Wheelchair Tennis in Pakistan and will also finance a workshop to prepare a pool of qualified coaches for Wheelchair Tennis in country.
Wheelchair Tennis: High Ranked Australia beat Pakistan 2-1
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Antalya (TURKEY):-High ranked Australia overcame Pakistan 2-1 in the semifinal of the BNP Paribas ITF Wheelchair Tennis Qualifier Cup at Antaliya Turkey. In the first Singles, World No. 24 Australian guy Ben Weekes beat Asif Gul Abbasi 2-0 in straight sets. The final score-line was 6-2 and 6-0. In the second Singles Martin Dunn defeated Fida Hussain in similar style 2-0 and earned a place in final. In the Doubles event, Australia conceded the match that went in the favour of Pakistan. Results (semifinal): Australia beat Pakistan 2-1 Martin Dunn beat Fida Hussain 6-0, 6-0 Ben Weekes beat Asif Abbasi, 6-2, 6-0 Pakistan beat Australia 6-0, 6-0