ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's future tennis hope Samir Iftikhar and Davis Cupper is facing hard ship due to lack of funds as he needs $10,000, to avail 4 year 80% athletic and educational scholarship offered by the University of New Mexico. He required $10,000 for the first year and has appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to provide him funds to avail this golden opportunity to obtain education Dejected Samir while talking exclusively to TheNation on Sunday said: I am only the second junior player from Pakistan since 1998 after my cousin Aisamul Haq to win 4 back to back ITF Junior world ranking titles for Pakistan in 2010. His talent has been recognized by the ITF which noticed his record rise in junior world rankings from 1300 to 250th in a mere 6 months time and awarded him prestigious ITF GSDF grant to play ITF junior world ranking tournaments in May 2010. This grant is granted to only those players which ITF believes have ability to reach at the top levels. The Asian Tennis Federation also honoured him in December 2010 and he was one of the eight Under-20 players selected from Asia for their Elite (HPEC) High Performance Evaluation where Samir represented Pakistan and his presence felt strongly by winning 'Fittest Under-20 Asian Player award after physical endurance tests conducted by the world class physical trainer. Samir broke dominance of Khan brothers and started new chapter in Pakistan tennis by beating them at the National Hard Court Championships in November 2010 and powered his way into Pakistan Davis Cup team in February 2011 where he remained unbeaten in national trails. His father and former Davis Cup player Tayyab Iftikhar said that he has done his best to bring Samir at this level with limited financial resources and now the Government and PTF should help him to obtain education and training at fraction of cost that enables Samir to serve his country and bring laurels like his cousin Aisam. The 4 years scholarship will cost over $15,0000. He hoped that ZTBL will induct him in their team to help Samir to focus on his education without having financial worries. He said that the USA ticket cost is about Rs 100000 and any help from multinationals towards his travel will be highly appreciated. "I hope Government will do something for me to avail the scholarship which is in fact honour for Pakistan and PTF that a Pakistani youngster has been chosen", Samir concluded. In fact any investment at this stage on Samir will mean a lot of international medals and laurels for the country in near future. It is the duty of Federal and Provincial governments and multi-nationals to help Samir in achieving his goals to avail this golden opportunity which comes once in a life time.