PTF announces four teams for ITF junior competitions
23 January, 2022
LAHORE - Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Saturday announced four teams to represent the country in International Tennis Federation (ITF) competitions as part of the junior development programme.
According to a PTF spokesman, the trials were held at PTF Complex Islamabad to select the best players for the respective age categories. Players were invited to the trials purely on merit, based on their national and international ranking, as well as performance. The Junior Davis Cup (Boys 16&U) will be held in Malaysia from April 4 to 9 wherein renowned coach of ZTBL Rashid Malik is captain and M Huzaifa Khan, Bilal Asim and Hamid Israr are members of the team.
In Junior Billie Jean King Cup (Girls 16&U), slated to be held in Sri Lanka from February 21 to 26, Sara Mansoor is the captain while the team members Natalia Zaman, Sheeza Sajid and Amna Ali Qayum. In World Junior Tennis (Boys 14&U) that takes place in Sri Lanka from Feb 14 to 19, the Pakistan squad comprises Mahboob Khan (captain), Ahtesham Humayun, Husnain Ali Rizwan and Hamza Roman (members). The World Junior Tennis (Girls 14&U) that is also scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from Feb 14 to 19, Sara Mansoor is captain while team members are Amna Ali Qayum, Zunaisha Noor and Soha Ali.
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The PTF will also hold trials to select the Davis Cup team, which will face Lithuania on March 4 and 5 at the grass courts in Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad. The trials will be held on the grass courts of Cosmopolitan Club, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore, from Feb 16. Top six players as per the latest PTF Men’s Singles ranking - M Shoaib, Muzammil Murtaza, M Abid, Yusuf Khalil, Mudasir Murtaza and Heera Ashiq - will take part in these trials, out of which three players will be selected for the team. Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan have been exempted from the Davis Cup trials.