ISLAMABAD The 18th death anniversary of the former All-India Tennis Champion Siraj-ul-Haq (late) will be held on Saturday (today) at Rawalpindi. The prayer for eternal rest to the soul of the late champion sportsman will be held in the morning at his son Hameed-ul-Haqs residence Gulshan Dadan Khan, Murree Road, Rawalpindi. The late Siraj-ul-Haq remained an All-India professional champion between 1935 and 1947 before the partition. He was a man who played a vital role in the development of Pakistan tennis and his services cannot be forgotten. More than a dozen players, who were trained by him, went on to become tennis internationals. Besides tennis, Siraj-ul-Haq was also a squash coach and trained the famous Roshan Khan, a British Open champion. As a hockey player, Siraj helped Spartan Club, Rawalpindi in winning the Agha Khan Gold Cup in Bombay before partition. But tennis remained the focus of his attention all through his eventful life as he coached a number of players on their way to playing Davis Cup Tennis ties for Pakistan, including his sons, the famous trio of Haq brothers, Inam-ul-Haq, Islam-ul-Haq and Hameed-ul-Haq, each one of whom earned distinctions in his own right but the last named became the oldest Davis Cup player of Pakistan and was the first male tennis player of the country to become the recipient of the Presidential Pride of Performance award.