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TENNIS HISTORY

Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) is the governing body
of tennis in Pakistan. It has played vital role in the
development of domestic, national and international
tennis in Pakistan. It has produced number of young
talented players. It also governed teams such as
Pakistan Fed Cup team and Pakistan Davis Cup team.

Pakistan Fed Cup Team
Pakistan competed in its first Fed Cup in 1997. Their
best result was finishing third in Group II in 1999. Fed
Cup 2011. Pakistan re-entered the Fed Cup in 2011 for
the first time since 2000. Pakistan finished sixth in
the Asia/Oceania Zone Group II and was represented in
2011 by its top players Sara Mahboob, Saba Aziz, Sara
Mansoor and Ushna Suhail.

Pakistan Davis Cup Team
The Pakistan Davis Cup team represents Pakistan in Davis
Cup tennis competition and are governed by the Pakistan
Tennis Federation. Pakistan currently compete in the
Asia/Oceania Zone of Group II. They reached the World
Group Play-offs in 2005, and reached the Eastern Zone
final in 1984.

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (ATP #296 & ATP Doubles #19)
Aqeel Khan (ATP #761 & ATP Doubles #960)
Jalil Khan
Yasir Khan (ATP #1796)

Davis Cup History of Pakistan Tennis (1948-2010)
In March 1920 All Indian Lawn Tennis Association (AILTA)
was formed at Lahore and after getting the Independence
from British in 1947 a separate All Pakistan Lawn Tennis
Association was formed and Pakistan played its first
Davis Cup competition against Switzerland on 2nd May
1948 at Switzerland in which leading ace players Mr.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Mehmood Alam were played for
Pakistan. Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed won his both singles
matches in a convincing manner against European players
M/s Hounder and M.Albrecht 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-1 7-5 1-6
4-6 6-4 respectively. In April 1950, Pakistan’s first
Davis Cup victory was created by Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed and
Mehmood Alam when both players whitewashed Philippines
5-0 at Manila.In 1984 Pakistan reached the Final of
Eastern Zone by beating the strongest team of the Asian
Group like Malaysia, 4-1 (January 1984), Indonesia 4-1
(March 1984), Thailand 4-1 (May 1984) but lost the final
against Japan.

In 1988 when the format of Davis Cup was changed from
Eastren Zone to Asia Oceania Group I & II, Pakistan was
placed in Group-II, Pakistan again reached at the Final
of AO G2 but unable to maintain the winning lead in the
final against Hong Kong. In 1989 Pakistan Tennis was in
full swing and maintained the winning pace by beating
the Kuwait, Bangladesh and Thailand and qualify for the
Asia Oceania Group-1. In the year 2002 Pakistan Tennis
Team was again in its finest shape and beat Malaysia
4-1, Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the 1st and semi-final round
respectively. In the Final of AO G-II Pakistan beat the
strongest team of Asia, China P.R 3-2 in a convincing
victory and reached into the Asia Oceania Group-I and
continue to maintain the position in same group upto
2005. In the year 2005 Pakistan leading Ace players
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan create history when
they continuously maintained the winning track by
beating the strongest teams like New Zealand in 2004,
Thailand in 2005 and Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the final of
AO G-I and qualify for World Group Playoff for the first
time in the history of Pakistan Tennis. During the
excellent playing record of Davis Cup in the Asia Region
Pakistan produced renowned tennis players like Iftikhar
Ahmed, Saeed Hai, Saeed Meer, Haroon Rahim, Islam-ul-Haq,
Hameed-ul-Haq, Rashid Malik, Mushaf Zia, Muhammad Khaliq,
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan. Our youngest player
Haroon Rahim who played Davis Cup at the age of 15 year
107 days while the oldest player is Hamid-ul-Haq who
played Davis Cup till at the age of 35 years 34 days.
Our Leading tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi played
longest Rubber 5 hrs 20 minutes against Mark Nielson New
Zealand in September 2004 at Islamabad and longest tie
during was also against New Zealand which lasted 16 hrs
20 minutes.

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