ISLAMABAD - International Tennis Federation (ITF) has accepted Pakistan’s request and allowed Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to play their Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-II tie against New Zealand at the neutral venue of Myanmar.

Talking exclusively to The Nation here on Monday, PTF President Syed Kaleem Imam has confirmed the news and said they have received the formal letter of the ITF regarding this tie. “The tie will be held at Myanmar from April 5. We are very grateful to the ITF for accepting our genuine demand and I am sure with the likes of Aisam and Aqeel Khan in our ranks, Pakistan stands a very good chance of winning that tie on the grassy courts of Rangoon.”

“It is for the first time in the history of Pakistan tennis that we have taken that initiative and managed to convince the ITF to allow Pakistan play Davis Cup home tie at their place of liking. It will certainly help our players, as New Zealand players will find it really difficult to adjust with the Myanmar hot and humid conditions,” he said.