ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tennis Federation President Syed Kaleem Imam said the year 2013 would be the year of tennis events in the country, he revealed while talking to TheNation on Tuesday.

PTF would organise a tournament every month next year to maintain world ranking which stands at 56 out of 19o tennis playing countries'. He said they were in Asia Oceania Group-II and are supporting Asiam-ul-Haq and Ushna Sohail as they represent Pakistan at international circuits. PTF will help each affiliated unit for organisinge a championship, he added. Kaleem said, PTF Trophy for all the 14 affiliated unit would start from January 1-5 in which all the professional players had confirmed their participation. Junior Masters Tennis Championship for U-14 and U-18 male and female would start from January 7-12, he added.

He said that the camps for Fed Cup and Davis Cup would start from 15th at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex. He denied PTF failure over non organising the major tournaments in past 7 months. The PTF had organised 13 tournaments this year beside ITF-sponsored Level-I coaching course in which 24 players/coaches participated besides coaching camps at all the provinces. He said PTF safeguarding the tennis and holding of the events is the responsibility of  the affiliated units. Sindh, PAF, KPK, HEC, Karachi Club, Subhe-e-Nau and PTF organised events but Punjab, Navy, Army, POF Wah, Railway, Wapda and Islamabad failed to hold any event, he added.

PTF office-bearers are working voluntarily and not getting a single penny, Kaleem claimed. He is posted in Sudan and helping in promoting the soft image of the country at international level from there while visits Pakistan every month to monitor the PTF affairs, he added.

He praised Motorway Police IG for sponsoring one major tournament and  ZTBL and Metro Habib Banl Limited for providing jobs to 2 players and a coach at Metro HBL. About Nofil's achievements, Kaleem said he has done the country proud by becoming Asian No 1 U-14 player and sacrificed his regular studies from class 7 just for the passion of the game. He thanked Beacon House School for helping Nofil to continue his steadies.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite bringing so much name and fame for the country President, Prime Minister or even Pakistan Sports Board didn't pay heed to laud his achievement to boost his morale.