Will take ITF to court if not given Davis Cup tie: Aisam-ul-Haq

ISLAMABAD: Tennis ace Aisam-ul-haq on Wednesday indicated to move the court in case Pakistan is not granted rights to host the next Davis Cup tie.

“We may take the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to sports court if it does not grant hosting rights for the tie to us,” he told APP on Wednesday.

Aisam said the ITF had assured that the next Davis Cup tie would be held in Pakistan. “I myself met with the ITF President in Australia and he assured me that Pakistan will host the next Davis Cup tie. But it will be unfortunate if we are denied to host the event,” he added.

He pointed out that Pakistan had not hosted any international event for the past 11 years adding that this had badly affected tennis in the country.

He said unfortunate incidents might occur anywhere in the world but that did not mean to deprive a country for holding sports events.

To a query about the South Asian Games in India he said it would be for the first time he would feature in these games adding that he was very much excited to represent the country. “We will try our best to return home with a gold medal in the mix doubles category and make our nation proud,” he said.

He said PTF did all out efforts to host the Davis Cup ties against China but was deprived of it and was given to Sri Lanka. “We will perform with all our might against China in the tie and hopefully will win it,” he said.

Returning to internal tennis affairs, Aisam believed the future of Pakistan tennis was not looking bright and asked the federation to provide maximum opportunities to players for the promotion of game.

“Besides promoting seniors the PTF needs to give confidence to youngsters so that in future they can replace us,” he said.

Aisam said he will try his level best to improve his ranking this year. “Currently I am ranked 41st in the rankings but I wish to improve my slot by participating in various international tournaments at Dubai and France,” he said.

He said the PTF is holding a three-month tennis season in Karachi and Islamabad which will be very useful for the talent hunt of new players.