From Sorts Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: In a first, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) is all set to rope in a Turkish trainer to improve physical capabilities of the country’s tennis players, PTF President Salim Saifullah Khan yesterday said. Talking to media here at PTF Complex, he said the decision to hire the Turkish trainer, Celikel Farauk had been taken to enable the players to cope with high paced tennis, being played all over the world.
“Farauk has been training tennis players in Turkey for the last 14 years. He himself has expressed the desire to train our players. We are in talks with him. Hopefully, he will join us in January, 2019 for a two-year term,” Salim Saifullah said.
He said along with coaching, the physical aspect of a tennis training programme was getting popularity in the world. “This is why we have also decided to hire a trainer, who will train our players on the most modern lines,” he said.
The PTF president said due to the renewed efforts of PTF, international events, including Pakistan’s Davis Cup matches and ITF junior level ranking tournaments were taking place in Pakistan now. “Holding of international events will strengthen the tennis base in the country,” he added.
He said Nigerian tennis officials had approached the PTF for training of their players in Pakistan. “We’ve welcome their players here and offer them all-out support,” he said.
He underlined the need for the establishment of a sports university in Islamabad Sports Complex. “Sports is a very technical field. We need to set up a sports university to understand the science of sports. I request to the government to work on that on immediate basis. We will cooperate with it for that purpose,” he added.
Salim Saifullah said PTF’s election would be held on November 24, and he would again by vying for the presidential slot of the federation. “If elected again I will continue working for the development of tennis in Pakistan,” he said.