Pakistan to host two back-to-back ATT events this year

Islamabad—Pakistan will host two back-to-back events of an exclusive Asian Tennis Tour (ATT) in November-December, this year at Syed Dilwar Abbas PTF Complex Islamabad.
“Each of these events will carry a prize purse of $5000 and lead to wildcards and futures challengers,” President Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Salim Saifullah Khan told APP.
The tournaments are part of an open tennis ranking programme of Asia and there will be a total of 320 events under it in a period of two years. The first of these events will be in India, next month. Saifullah said that the ATF had launched ATT with an aim to develop young tennis players throughout the Asian region. Only Asian players would gain access into these events.
He said that initially PTF had expressed the willingness to host four ATT events this year but now it had decided to hold only two. “We want to hold these two events in a befitting manner. While next year we will hold at least four events,” he maintained. The PTF president said that Pakistan was secure for all type of international sports activities and urged the International Tennis Federation to grant Pakistan international tennis in all age categories. “The ITF has allowed us to hold ATF 14 and under Super Series Tennis Championships but we deserve more than that,” he said. He was of the view that Pakistan recently lost their all- important Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie against China because they were compelled to play their home tie at the neutral venue of Sri Lanka.
“We played our home time away at the clay courts of Colombo. I’m sure we would have won the tie, had we been granted the right to hold the event at the grass courts in Lahore,” he said.
He pointed out that because of ITF embargo to hold international events in Pakistan; the federation was left with no other option but to hold various events abroad. “This is costing Pakistan heavily,” he said.—APP

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