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Kamran Steel Punjab Junior Tennis Championship starts
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The Kamran Steel Punjab Junior Tennis Championship started here at the Punjab Tennis Academy Bagh-e-Jinnah on Monday. PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), who is also Tournament Director, inaugurated the event at a colorful opening ceremony, which was also attended by players, their families and tennis lovers. PLTA Secretary General Rashid Malik thanked Kamran Steel management for sponsoring this event and hoped that they would continue to support this beautiful game of tennis, which is growing fast in Pakistan with each passing day and Pakistani youngsters have started excelling at ATF and ITF events. Recently, Hussnain Ali Rizwan of Lahore, Punjab has been selected in Grand Slam Junior Development Program Team, which is a great honour for Pakistan, PTF and PLTA. There are so many young tennis stars, who are doing wonders for Pakistan in international events and one of them will win Grand Slam for Pakistan in future Insha'Allah. Earlier in the Under-18 quarterfinals, Hassan beat Ali Jawad 6-1, Waleed Humayun beat Kashan Tariq 6-3, Hamza Jawad beat Zahra Suleiman 6-1 and Asad Zaman beat Aized Khalil 6-3. In the Under-16 quarterfinals, Aized Khalil beat Ali Jawad 6-3 and Kashan Tariq beat Eesa Bilal 6-1. In the boys Under-14 quarterfinals, Mohammad Sohan Noor beat Hafiz Hassan 6-0, Hashir Allan beat Aalay Hussain 6-2 and Abdur Rehman beat Hafiz Hussain 6-0. In the boys/girls Under-12 quarterfinals, Abdur Rehman beat Ahmad Khuda Bakhsh 6-0, Bismil Zia beat Taha Asad 6-0 and Hamza Sohail beat Ahsan Bari 6-0.
Mohammad Hussnain Ali becomes the part of Grand Slam Player Development Programme
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has announced that Under-14 Mohammad Hussnain Ali Rizwan has been selected for the Grand Slam Player Development Programme -GSPDP /ITF/ATF Under-14 Team to Europe 2022. Mohammad Hussnain Ali proceeded to Paris on 2nd July 2022 to participate in the programme. This is the first time in the history of Pakistan tennis that an Under-14 lad has been selected by the ITF/ATF for a team travelling to Europe. Hussnain is currently ranked No-2 in Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) Under-14 category. Salim Saifullah Khan President-PTF said: “Hussnain Ali Rizwan is a huge honour for the country and a matter of great pride for the Pakistan Tennis Federation. The young boy will prove to be a source of great inspiration for the other young promising players. Through hard work, dedication and passion for tennis, such targets can be achieved by them”. : DATE TOURNAMENT 1-3 July Training Camp, Paris, France 4-10 July OPEN STADE FRANCAIS, Coquette, France 11-17 July La Balle Mimosa Loire-Atlantique La Baule- Escoublac, France 18-24 July TOURNOI LOIRE VALLEE, Blois, France 25-30 July Internationale Deutsche Tennismeisterschaften U14 Duren, Germany 1-7 August Young Champions Cup, Hasselt, Belgium  

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.

TENNIS - National24 Jun 2022

Tariq Zaman visits High Performance Tennis Training Camp
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Ali Embroidery Mills CEO Tariq Zaman on Thursday visited the first-ever High Performance Tennis Training Camp, which is in progress here at the Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah. Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) Secretary General Rashid Malik (Tamgh-e-Imtiaz) along with Pakistan No 1 Aqeel Khan, former Pakistan No 2 Shahzad Khan, Ahmad Babar, top ranked tennis players, their families and tennis enthusiasts welcomed the honourable guest. He was then introduced to the participants of the camp, who are top 3 ranked players from different age group categories. PLTA Secretary General Rashid Malik thanked Tariq Zaman, CEO Ali Embroidery Mills, for taking this initiative of sponsoring the High Performance Tennis Training Camp for the first time ever with the aim of junior tennis promotion in Pakistan. Malik praised the efforts of Tariq Zaman for promoting sports in Pakistan and sponsoring the deserving players, who will learn the finest techniques and points of the game during the High Performance Tennis Training Camp and utilize their skills at higher level and win glories for Pakistan globally. PLTA Secretary also thanked Tariq Zaman for his consecutive support for junior tennis as he keeps on sponsoring the national junior tennis events throughout the year, which keeps talented players active and engage in healthy tennis competitions and also help them earn national points and improve their rankings. "With the support of such generous sponsors like Tariq Zaman of Ali Embroidery Mills, the game of tennis is flourishing fast in Pakistan and young Pakistani tennis players especially from Punjab have started creating waves at international level and they are producing good results at ATF and ITF junior events. I am very hopeful that if the government and corporate sector continue to provide financial boost to our talented and top ranked tennis players, the future of Pakistan tennis seems quite bright," Malik asserted.
Pakistan stun Bangladesh 3-0 in ITF Asia Under-12 Team fixture
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan outclassed Bangladesh 3-0 in the ITF Asia Under-12 Team Championship, which is going on Kathmandu, Nepal. Pakistan will meet India in the final at the same venue on Friday. According to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan are taking part in the championship. Mohammad Abid is the captain of the Pakistan team and the team members are Abubakar Talha,  Hamza Ali Rizwan and Omar Jawad. On the fourth day of the competition, Pakistan beat Bangladesh 3-0 and Pakistan will take on arch-rival India in the final. Boys Singles: Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Mohammad Rajib 6-2, 6-0 Abubakar Talha beat Kabbo Gayen 6-1, 6-1 Boys Doubles: Omar Jawad/Abubakar Talha beat  Mohammad Rajib / Kabbo Gayen 6-1,6-1

TENNIS - National15 Jun 2022

PLTA wins Best Performance Award for the years 2021-22
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) has won the best performance trophy for the year 2021-22, as the special award ceremony held at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex, Islamabad on Wednesday. President, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Salim Saifullah Khan handed over trophy to Rashid Malik Secretary-General of PLTA. The PLTA has been adjudged as the best performing Province/unit of the Pakistan Tennis Federation for the years 2021-22 and the PLTA had been consecutively awarded this trophy for the last three years. The award was given to the best Province/unit for conduct of National events with a focus on junior players and the development of tennis in the country. The President PTF appreciated the efforts of Rashid Malik Secretary PLTA for single-handedly managing the affairs of PLTA besides his hard work, efforts and his passion for tennis that was the pivotal factor responsible for enhancing the capacity of the Association.
Pakistan outclass Nepal 3-0 in Under-12 Tennis
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan beat Nepal 3-0 in the ITF Asia Under-12 Team-Competition South Asia that started at Kathmandu Nepal. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan are participating in the regional tennis fixture. Mohammad Abid is the captain of the Pakistan team and the team members are Abubakar Talha,  Hamza Ali Rizwan and Omar Jawad. Results (Boys Singles): Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Aadrit Nepal 6-1, 6-0 Abubakar Talha beat Brijesh Aryal 6-1, 6-1 Boys Doubles: Omar Jawad / Abubakar Talha beat Brijesh Aryal /AsavSamrat Hada 6-0, 6-0

TENNIS - National13 Jun 2022

Husnain Mehmood becomes Newest White Badge Tennis Umpire
Sports Reporter ISLAMABAD:-Husnain Mehmood, Pakistan’s Green Badge Tennis Umpire, Husnain Mehmood has completed the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level-II Officiating School Course that was held Tay Ninh, Vietnam from June 9-13, 2022 and qualified as an ITF White Badge Chair Umpire. According to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), Pakistan’s Green Badge Tennis Umpire Husnain Mehmood successfully completed the course in his 1st attempt, and qualified as an ITF White Badge Chair Umpire. It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction that the PTF will now have two qualified White Badge Chair Umpires, after a gap of 23 years since the last White Badge was awarded to a Pakistani Official. Salim Saifullah Khan, President PTF, while congratulating Husnain Mehmood on this achievement, stated that it gives him immense pleasure and satisfaction that PTF has been able to achieve a breakthrough in this segment after a very long time. He also complimented Shahzad Akhtar Alvi, the only other authorized ITF WB Umpire and Head of Officiating at the PTF, for having performed his duties here and overseas single-handedly over the years. Khan also commented that Tennis Officiating was now a very attractive career and further efforts will be made to increase the number of qualified White Badge Chair Umpires, which will greatly facilitate the associations and organizers for the better conduct of the national and international tournaments.
 Junior National Tennis Championship: Bilal Asim bags brace of titles
LAHORE:-Bilal Asim (SICAS) clinched two crowns in the Bank of Punjab (BoP) Junior National Tennis Championship 2022 that concluded here at the Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah on Thursday. In the boys U-18 final, Bilal Asim (SICAS) played well against Mahatir Mohammad and outpaced him with a score of 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the title. In the boys U-18 doubles final, the pair of Hashesh Kumar and Mahatir Mohammad defeated Bilal Asim and Ahmad Nael 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. Bilal also won the boys U-16 final to double his crowns as he outsmarted Asad Zaman 6-1, 6-2. In the boys U-14 final, Hamza Roman had to struggle hard to beat spirited Hamza Ali Rizwan (LGS Paragon) 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. In the boys U-14 doubles final, Hamza Roman/Taimoor Khan outlasted Amir Mazari/Sameer Zaman 4-2, 4-0. The boys U-12 final between Omer Jawad and Hamza Ali Rizwan proved to be a dull match, where both the players kept on playing defensive games and took more than two hours to finish the final, which was won by Omer Jawad 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-4. In the boys/girls U-12 doubles final, the talented pair of Abubaker Talha (Wapda) and Zohaib Afzal Malik (SA Gardens) defeated the duo of Ismail Aftab and Omer Jawad 4-0, 2-4, 11-9. In the boys/girls U-10 final, M Shayyan Afridi toppled Hamza Sohail 4-2, 4-1. In the girls U-12 final, Zunaisha Noor beat Esha Rabi 4-1, 4-0. In the girls U-18 final, Natalia Zaman beat Ashtafila Arif 6-3, 6-0 while in the ladies singles final, Noor Malik beat Asfa Shahbaz 6-1, 6-2. In the boys/girls U-8, Ahsan Bari won the gold medal, Daniyal Afzal Malik silver and Daniyal Abdullah bronze medal. In the boys/girls U-6, Mamnoon Bari grabbed the gold medal, Hadi Ali silver and Hamza Suhai bronze medal. Asim Hafeez Qureshi, Executive Vice President Bank of Punjab, graced the occasion as chief guest and distributed prizes, shields and certificates among the winners and top performers. He also congratulated all the winners and hoped that they will further work hard to win more honors for them and their country. (Press release)
National Juniors Tennis: Bilal, Mahatir, Hamid and Hashesh move into semifinals
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Bilal Asim, Hashesh Kumar, Mahatir Mohammad and Hamid Israr moved into the semifinals of the Bank of Punjab (BoP) Junior National Tennis Championship 2022 here at Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah on Monday.  Results: Under-18 quarterfinals: Bilal Asim (Sicas) beat Ahtesham Humayun 6-4, 6-1, Hashesh Kumar beat Haider Ali Rizwan 6-4, 7-5, Mahatir Muhammad of Karachi beat Asad Zaman 6-2, 6-7(1) and Hamid Israr beat Rafay Cheema 6-4, 6-0. In the U-16 pre-quarterfinals, Sameer Zaman beat Aized Khalil 6-1, 6-0, Ahtesham Humayun beat Sohan Noor 6-0, 1-0 (rtd).  Under-14 quarterfinals: Hamza Roman beat Faizan Ali 4-0, 4-2, Amir Mazari (Aitchison) thrashed Taimoor Khan 4-0, 4-0, Ismail Aftab beat Sohan Noor 4-0, 4-1, Samir Zaman beat Razik Sultan 4-1, 4-2, Omer Jawad beat Hashir Alam 4-1, 4-1, Zohaib Afzal Malik (SA Gardens) beat Anis Khan 4-0, 4-0 and Hamza Ali Rizwan (LGS Paragon) beat Abdur Rehman 4-1, 4-1. Boys Under-12 quarterfinals: Omer Jawad beat Junaid Khan 4-0, 4-0, Razik Sultan beat Anis Khan 4-1, 4-0, Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Ahmad khuda Bakhsh 4-1, 4-0 and Ismail Aftab beat Zayd Zaman 4-2, 4-2. Speaking on the occasion, PLTA Secretary General Rashid Malik (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), who is also tournament director, said: “Top players from across the country are taking part in this event. Hopefully, all the participants will give tough time to each other and making this event a challenging and enthralling one by exhibiting outstanding tennis skills. I am grateful to BoP management for sponsoring this event and hope that they will continue to support this beautiful game.”