ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) patron Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, who is also Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) vice president, along with Islamabad Tennis Association (ITA) president Tariq Murtaza attended the ATF Board of Directors meeting held at Bangkok.

Talking to The Nation, Dilawar, who is also ATF finance and admin committee chairman, termed the meetings as highly fruitful with different countries’ delegations and exchanged views on the development of tennis in Asia and particularly in Pakistan.

Dilawar has asked ATF junior development committee chairman Adil Burlibayev to allocate two tournaments of Asian 14 and under Circuit to Pakistan with hospitality in the coming months to bring international tennis back to the country. A formal request has also been sent to ATF in this regard and hopefully, the ATF will sanction two tournaments of Asian 14 & under circuit to Pakistan.

He said: “I would be meeting with PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan to finalize the plans to hold these tournaments in the country in befitting manner. There are two types of events, Category-4 without hospitality and Category-3 with hospitality. Each nation can hold maximum of five tournaments per year with the condition that one tournament should be category-3.” Dilawar suggested that the PTF could hold at least two tournaments in Islamabad and Lahore. He was very confident that these tournaments would contribute towards the development of the game at grassroots level with the encouragement to junior players by playing against the international players of same age group.