KARACHI: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has said it would hold PTF Trophy from January 1, 2013.
President PTF Kaleem Imam told ‘The News’ that they were determined to hold PTF Trophy and had already asked all council members of the federation to send their teams.
Wapda and Balochistan have already confirmed their availability, while other possible participants are Sindh, Air Force, Army, Pakistan Ordnance Factory Wah, Higher Education Commission, Punjab, and Islamabad.
The prize money of the event is yet to be decided, which according to the tennis circles should be attractive enough to lure teams for this inaugural event. The format of the team events in the trophy will either be two singles and one doubles match or it could be played on Davis Cup format with reverse singles.
Wapda are likely to be the strongest contestants as they have top players such as Aqeel Khan, Jalil Khan, and Mohammad Khaliq. They have been winning national level events for several years.
“One thing that is supporting this event is the National Games, as departments that have to prepare their teams for the games will by default send their teams,” said Vice President Khalid Rehmani while talking to this scribe. He said the idea of PTF Trophy was floated in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2011 to revive tennis activities for the dormant units of the federation.
Khalid said that if eight teams participated in this event out of total 14 council members of the federation, the trophy would be considered a successful event.
Sources said that Yasir Khan and Abid Mushtaq could be hired by Army for the trophy as currently they are not engaged with any department. They added it was strange that the PTF trophy did not include girls events despite the fact that Wapda, PAF, Sindh and Punjab had very strong girls teams.