KARACHI Chairperson of NGO Subh-e-Nau, Ms Shahida Farooq, praised the Pakistan Tennis Federation for continuing the tradition of holding the National Clay Tennis. Talking to TheNation on Wednesday, she said that her organisation had revived the national clay court 16 years ago at a time when all others including the PTF had washed its hand off the championships. Since then it had held the national event eight times and was planning to hold it ninth time. However, her organisation welcomed the move of the federation to host the event itself. She said that it was a good sign that the PTF had taken charge of promoting tennis and hoped that it would continue its efforts in future. She said that the PTF should promote new talent to end drought of new players in tennis for last many years. Subh-e-Nau, she claimed, also had the credit of even reviving national hard court tennis when everybody had forgotten about it. The National Hard Court Tennis, she said, was revived immediately after the Clay Court Championship. It had held the hard court a number of times at Karachi and Islamabad. Subh-e-Nau revived these two national event long time before it was given the observer status by the PTF. She reminded that under the PTF constitution all the affiliated units with voting rights should hold a minimum of two national events and a number local events. In case, those units fail to carry out their constitution obligation, they automatically lose their voting rights. A number of provincial and departmental bodies, which had full voting rights, had ignored their constitutional responsibilities yet no action was taken against them and their voting rights were not withdrawn. She said that it was because of some technical compulsions that the faulting units were not punished. Instead of crying foul and insisting on punishing erring unit, she said, the best thing would be for the PTF to take up the responsibilities itself as it had done in the case of national clay. She said that talent was fast drying up in the country and there was a need to find new and young talent so when the current leading players hang their rackets any time in future this new crop of young players were available to take over. Subh-e-Nau has given over four million in prize money during the last many years.