Sharjah - Former Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Dr Syed Kaleem Imam felicitated newly-elected PTF chief Salim Saifullah Khan and wished him success to carry on development of tennis in the country.

Salim will officially take charge of PTF today (Friday) after no one dare to contest elections against him.

Talking to The Nation in Sharjah, Kaleem said: “Tennis is majestic game and Pakistan has reasonable threshold and talent to compete and excel. Pakistan is presently ranked 47 out of 210 tennis playing countries/international associations.

“Sincere effort by the federation in collaboration with council members, support of government and will of the players can produce remarkable results. I am leaving the office with utter satisfaction and hand over the reins of the PTF to Salim and his incoming management and wish all of them well.”

Kaleem disclosed financial spending, without any reservations, the only sport organisations ready for scrutiny. Overall, the PTF collected around Rs 50 million during the four years tenure from 2011-2014 mainly from Davis Cup prize money in lieu of advertisement, PSB annual grants and sponsor donations.

Distinctly, Kaleem will leave behind an hefty amount of around US$23,000, one million rupees cash and with another one million in the pipeline to give new PTF body a big boost to kick off. He was especially thankful to all the friends and sponsors who helped him for the noble cause of promoting the game of tennis at national and international level.

The tenure of Kaleem Imam will always be remembered as one of the most competitive, highly non-controversial and significant number of activities witnessed during the outgoing president’s four-year tenure. The PTF remains the most active sports body despite severe financial challenges, dirty politics, POA parallel body issue, international banishment, resistance and non-tennis activity by most of council members.

PTF held 48 national tournaments, participated in nine Davis Cup ties, four Fed Cup ties after eight years’ gap, two junior Fed Cup for the first time, eight U-14, three juniors Davis Cup, requisition two foreign coaches, held 25 coaching clinics, 20 training camps, conducted first ever neutral venue Davis Cup tie at Myanmar against New Zealand, enhanced match fee for players, administration staff considerably. Ladies participated for the first time in Asian Games beside Aqeel Khan was awarded with ‘Pride of Performance’. Syed Nofil Kaleem became first ever Asia U-14 champion and Ushna Suhail managed to get into WTA ranking for the first time in the tennis history of Pakistan.