CHANDIGARH, APRIL 15:The Pakistan tennis players were given a warm send off by staff of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium where they attended a three-week advanced coaching from March 27. The visitors, mostly junior players, left for Amritsar by road tonight and tomorrow morning they will cross over to Pakistan via Wagha Border. Their two players had earlier left for their country due to their examinations and National Championship.
CLTA General Manager RK Nayyar and CLTA Director (Coaching) Gary O’Brian were present on the occasion.Chief delegate of the Pakistan team Nazir Ahmed was visibly happy to be in Chandigarh and the Pakistan players getting advanced training under good conditions and tennis facilities. Nazir pointed out towards Mrs Shehla Rehan, who resumed tennis training after a gap of four years.
Nazir was confident that the Pakistan boys who trained at the CLTA Tennis Sports Complex for 21 days had gained experience and confidence. Two of his trainees also competed in the AITA Super Series. The Pakistani players were also able to see top players from 17 countries who competed in the India F5 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit conducted by the CLTA from March 31 to April 5.
The Pakistan trainees are:Khurram Nazir, Syed Muhamad Abbas Raza, Syed Zohar Raiz, Gohar Riaz, Muhammad Waqas Malak, Salman Ikram and Mrs Shehla Rehan.
Officials: Nazir Ahmed and Muhammad Rehan Qureshi.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan players and their officials called on Punjab Sports Director Olympian Pargat Singh who reportedly assured to explore possibility of Indo-Pak tennis series under the mutual exchange programme between two countries.