Friday, November 21, 2008

PSO to sponsor Pakistan International Senior Tennis

By Ehsan Qureshi

The 10th edition of PSO International Senior Tennis Championship will be held at the Karachi Club hard courts from November 24 to 30.Besides top ranked under-35 player Kothiyal Morthy of India,Charlier Francois (Belgium), Wolfgang (Germany), Lesslo Tobold(Hungary) and Filippo (Italy) foreign player have entered the fray.Speaking at joint news conference at Karachi Club, President ofPakistan Senior Tennis Association (PSTA), Vice President Jamal Mirza, Secretary STA Khalid Rehmani, Ex- Davis Cupper Altaf Hussain and Tournament Director Khalid Rehmani disclosed that top players of Pakistan will be in action.
Saeed Hai said Pakistan's top senior player Rashid Malik, Hameed-ul-Haq, Jamil Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Karim Gul Agha, Abdul Saeed, AltafHussain, Ejaz Sarhadi, Akbar Khan and Azharuddin are prominentPakistan player that would be taking in the week-long gala with sixplayers from Peshawar, two Islamabad and one from Lahore.He said 35, 45, 55 singles and doubles for men and 35 singles anddoubles event for women will be contested.
To a question Saeed Hai said they were also promoting junior tennisand senior circuit was a part of International Tennis Federation (ITF).He, however, expressed his dismay over non participation ofPakistan player Aisam-ul-Haq in Karachi circuits. He reckoned that the participation of Aisam in National events in Karachi will help thelocal to watch him in action.Saeed Hai said that it was a matter of immense satisfaction for the PSTA for having organized the senior event annually and it was a milestone of sorts conducting 10th senior event.
He thanked the Karachi Club for providing the facilities ofinternational standard for their players.He said that the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) was providing rupees quarter of million sponsorship money for conducting the championship.Acting President KC Munawar Shaikh, Sports Convener KC AlamgirAnwar Shaikh also spoke on the occasion.

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