Abdul Jabbar Faisal
ISLAMABAD (September 10, 2021):-Wheelchair tennis player, Asif Gul Abbasi determined to bring glory for the country and to hoist the national flag in international arenas of wheelchair tennis.
While talking to this scribe over his mobile from London, he said that he had won the wheelchair tennis international tournament in 2018 in the UK. “I won a total of three international tennis tournaments so far, “he added.
Asif further said that he was the only Pakistani guy, who had broken 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. Now, I am 145th spot in the international wheelchair tennis ranking, “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 met with PTF officials in the past when I visited Pakistan a few months back but their response was not appreciate-able, “he lamented.
“I had contacted Pakistan Paralympics and requested them to send my name for Paralympics 2020 but they did not take this seriously because of the negligence of the Paralympics officials in Pakistan. Unfortunately I could not represent Pakistan in these games. I had asked an official well in time before the setting of Paralympics, “he replied.
Asif said that Pakistan Tennis Federation officials did not give him due respect and acknowledged his services to Pakistan. “I am also a level 3 tennis coach and have vast experience in tennis and I can train and provide training to budding tennis lads specially wheelchair tennis players in Pakistan, “he concluded.