ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Syed Kaleem Imam said Friday that he had fulfilled his promise of organising maximum tennis events in this calendar year, as the federation had managed to hold three ranking events, besides sending teams for Davis Cup and Fed Cup.

In an interview with The Nation, Kaleem said: “I have made up my mind that I will write Pakistan tennis history by organising numerous events in 2013. I have detailed meetings with different organisations in this regard and I managed to arrange funds for the events. I am very grateful to MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan, who provided the federation Rs 500,000 for the Junior Ranking event, which is currently underway at after MNA's father Khudadad.”

“We have also decided to participate in the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup, the events in which Pakistan had never taken part earlier. The Junior Fed Cup will be held in Malaysia from February 18-23 in which Maheen Dada, Iman Qureshi and Rida will represent Pakistan while former Davis Cupper Asim Shafique will be the coach/captain. The Junior Davis Cup trials for the selection of the team are currently underway at the PTF Complex as the event will start from February 24 to 29 in Malaysia,” he said.

“Pakistan junior team comprising Nofil Kaleem, Muzzamil and Abdal Hadier will participate in the World Junior U-14 Asian Region Tennis Championship also to be held in Malaysia from March 18 to 23,” the PTF chief added. “We have also planned to organise Ranking Championship in Rahim Yar Khan from March 11 to 17. Former Davis Cupper Rashid Malik is also organising the tennis championship in Lahore. ZTBL has also promised to organise a championship in April soon after the Junior Davis Cup event,” he stated.

Kaleem said Karachi-based businessman Arif Anees has also shown his keen interest to organise four junior ranking tournaments in all four metropolitans of the provinces. “We have also decided to fully participate in the Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Indonesia in June and we will participate in both male and female categories,” he said.

Kaleem said although the performance of female players in Fed Cup was not up to the mark yet he was satisfied with the results as it gave the female players international exposure and would help them in bringing their game at par with other top players of the world. “We have once again asked all the affiliated units of the PTF to organise events on regular basis. We only received Rs1.8 million annual grant from Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and further $24,000 from International Tennis Federation (ITF) for winning Davis Cup ties, and if fail to win that tie, the amount reduces to US$18,000 and we have to deposit $14,000 to ITF as annual fee,” he said.

“The PTF has a monthly expenditure of Rs 150,000 and despite our limited recourses we have managed to send our players abroad for international events without any discrimination. We have written a letter to the ITF to let Pakistan Davis Cup tie against New Zealand at our own soil as Pakistan has been deprived of home ties since long and we have also involved Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard. As soon as we receive a reply, I will meet the ITF officials and plead our case strongly,” he concluded.