ITF official to visit Pakistan

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Lahore—International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) development officer, Suresh Menon will be visiting Pakistan from September 21 to 23 to discuss the overall development of tennis in Pakistan with special focus on Junior tennis.
“ITF official will be having meetings with the President, PTF, Salim Saifullah Khan, and officials of Islamabad Tennis Association to discuss PTF Junior Development Programme, Coaches Education Programme and progress achieved during recent years for the promotion of tennis in Pakistan”, said a spokesman of PTF here on Thursday.
Secretary, PTF Muhammad Khalid Rehmani and Kamran Khalil ,PTF coordinator on junior tennis initiative will give a detailed presentation on junior tennis activities and Coaches Education Programme during the three day visit of ITF official to Islamabad.
“During his stay Suresh Menon will also visit S. Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex, Islamabad and tennis centres at Lahore and Karachi, where ITF Junior Tennis Initiative programmes are being run with the support of Punjab Lawn Tennis Association and Sindh Tennis Association”, said the spokesman.
He will also hold meetings with officials of provincial tennis associations during his visits to respective cities.
PTF has made it mandatory from January 1st this year that all national tournaments must have a 10 & under event in which green dot soft balls will be used. These balls are being provided free of cost to all tennis centres across the country.
Now onwards PTF is also introducing Red foam ball tournaments in national tournaments and in exclusive championships as well. “PTF has sent directives to Islamabad Tennis Association, Punjab Lawn Tennis Association and Sindh Tennis Association to hold one such event when Suresh Menon visits their respective tennis centre”, he asserted.
These tournaments are meant for beginners and players of under 12 years of age, and being played at half of the normal length courts.
It is pertinent to mention that PTF has already initiated Coaches Education programme from January 2016 with a Pre ITF level One Green Badge Coaching Course in Karachi in January which was attended by 28 Coaches out of which 11 successfully completed it and became PTF Green Badge national Coach.
“Second such course was held in Lahore last month which was attended by 35 coaches and 13 passed it.” In PTF Coaches Education Programme series all the 63 coaches drawn from different parts of the country were taught the junior Tennis coaching techniques with modern Physical training tactics”, he said adding “ PTF is planning to hold one more such Course in Islamabad later this year”.—APP