KARACHI Subh-e-Nau, an NGO true to its name, is bringing a new dawn in tennis in the country by promoting the sport through organizing events in Islamabad and Karachi, apart from supplementing efforts of the Pakistan Tennis Federation, the mother body of tennis in the country. Recently it organized a national hard court championship in which a record over 200 players from across the country participated. From tennis and financial point of view, the championship was a great success. Male and female players enjoyed playing in the championships and the winners earned good prize money. Subh-e-Nau has succeeded where the provincial bodies of Balochistan and NWFP failed. It has held over two-dozen national competitions since it was given the associate membership of Pakistan Tennis Federation a few years ago. The provincial tennis associations of Balochistan and NWFP have failed to generate any interest in their jurisdiction and have failed to groom available talent or find new talent there. Under the PTF constitititon, the two provincial bodies and others who have a vote with the PTF are bound to organize a given number of events to retain their voting power but for the last many years, there have hardly been any activities worth mentioning in these provinces. In the absence of competitions and prize money, the talented players from these provinces had no option than to play outside their areas. A number of players from Balochistan and NWFP were seen playing at Karachi and Islamabad. Subh-e-Nau is the only associate member of the PTF that has been active in Islamabad and Karachi. Organizing and raising prize money in these times is a tough job but the body has succeeded in persuading sponsors to help the cause of tennis. It has done a especially wonderful job in the promotion of ladies tennis, and recently it held an exclusive ladies tennis event in Islamabad. Subh-e-Naus dedication and commitment was recently recognized by none other than the Federal Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jilani who not only agreed to distribute prizes at the end of National hard court championship but utilized the occasion to laud the services of the head of the body Ms Shahida Farooq. The Federal Minister appreciated Subh-e-Naus efforts in sports promotion, especially tennis, and said that his ministry and PSB will continue to collaborate with it. He said that recent major sports activities at PSB like the Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hockey Tournament and Subh-e-Nau National hard court Tennis Championship are positive signs for the countrys sports. Chairperson Subh-e-Nau Mrs. Shahida Kauser Farooq appreciated the Federal Minister for Sports Pir Aftab Shah Jilani for his efforts to promote sports in the country. She was thankful to the Federal Ministry of Sports and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for their support to hold National Hard Court Tennis Championship. For the first time in the countrys history, a national event of hard court tennis with record more than two hundred entries was conducted here at the federal capital, she said. She further stated that renovation of courts and changing rooms was due to the sincere efforts of the PSB officials. She held a meeting with Federal Minister for Sports Pir Aftab Shah Jilani at his office. Director General PSB Syed Amir Hamza Gilani and CEO Subh-e-Nau Dr. Jawad Chishtie were also present on this occasion. Chairperson Subh-e-Nau thanked Mr. Jilani and Syed Amir Hamza for their support in successfully holding the National Hard Court Tennis Championship. Mrs. Farooq put forth the suggestion that four hard and clay courts should be made instead of two synthetic courts at the National Coaching Center Karachi to attain maximum benefit from these courts. She said that maintenance of synthetic courts is more difficult and expensive as compared to hard and clay courts. Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, Director General PSB, on this occasion said that PSB would continue supporting Subh-e-Nau in sport and environment-friendly activities.