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Pakistan Tennis Fraternity Says India Team’s Visit Will Help ‘Historical’ Davis Cup Tie

<p>Pakistan has suffered greatly from the lack of international athletic events over the last ten years, therefore the country’s tennis community is expecting that the Indian Davis Cup team’s appearance for the “historic tie” would infuse new life and significantly elevate the sport there.</p>
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<p>It was long back in 1964 when an Indian Davis Cup team visited Pakistan. The Indian Tennis Federation (ITF) turned down the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) request to send a team this year as well, stating unequivocally that there is no reason to think that Indian players would encounter any security issues in Pakistan.</p>
<p>Following the assault on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009, international sports activities in Pakistan were suspended. As a result, the nation was prohibited from holding international competitions in any sport.</p>
<p>It was not possible for the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to organize senior men’s Future tournaments or junior ITF events. Until 2017, there were no women’s competitions and no Davis Cup team visited Pakistan.</p>
<p>It had a significant negative impact on Pakistani tennis, which was never as popular as cricket there. A number of talented players were forced to give up the sport due to a lack of exposure and development chances.</p>
<p>The U14 players did not advance to the men’s division, and because of the high expense involved, it is difficult for Indian and Pakistani players to compete in ITF competitions overseas.</p>
<p>When Iran sent teams to Islamabad in 2017, things started to shift. Positive effects also resulted with Japan’s entrance in 2021 as a major Asian power.</p>
<p>Nothing, however, compares to the thrill and expectation of India and Pakistan competing in Pakistan.</p>
<p>The enthusiasm was best captured by the responses of Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan, two of Pakistan’s greatest players. They even have high hopes that this match may open the door for an Indian cricket team to visit Pakistan.</p>
<p>“We are overjoyed that the Indian Davis Cup team is finally here and are incredibly excited.” I’ve long held the opinion that politics, religion, and culture have no place in sports. That’s what makes sports and being an athlete so wonderful. The sole player from Pakistan participating on the ATP Tour, Aisam, said PTI, “I have always vouched for that.”</p>
<p>It’s definitely the most historical tie for me. I can’t wait to participate in it. It will, in my opinion, undoubtedly help tennis in Pakistan.</p>
<p>The formal presence of the Indian squad has already generated buzz. With luck, it will shatter the walls. I don’t believe there will be any concerns or difficulties with the security features you will see in this tie.</p>
<p>“I would be pleased if the Indian cricket team is encouraged by this Davs Cup match to visit Pakistan and assist us in watching India-Pakistan cricket matches as well. I pray that there will be a positive vibe and a memorable draw for both teams.</p>
<p>The head coach of Pakistan’s National Tennis Center and director of national development, Asim Shafiq, discussed the hardships the nation has faced over the last 12 years.</p>
<p>Less than 2000 junior players enrolled with us in 2018. 50,000 from 2000 was the number once international tennis resumed, and keeping them was the problem. Asim, who played for Pakistan in the 2006 Davis Cup in Mumbai, said that the country does not have the notion of public courts.</p>
<p>In Pakistan, tennis players cannot play without membership in gymkhanas, clubs, or military clubs; in India, players may pay to reserve a court and play. Nonetheless, there are a number of readily accessible cricket and football academies.</p>
<p>Merely 10% of individuals who have registered are eligible to get membership benefits. Therefore, it’s a problem to keep those gamers once they turn ten, he added.</p>
“We anticipate this tie will result in the highest number of eyes ever seen in history. We are being hunted today, instead of running after the sponsors as we used to,” Asim said.</p>
<p>It has been discovered that the competitors, which include banks and oil firms, are engaged in an internal struggle to outbid one another for the title sponsorship.</p>
<p>For those twelve years, we lived in the woods. However, having a massive squad like India in Pakistan would help today. The timing is particularly excellent since there are no PSL or national cricket team matches planned, Asim said.</p>
<p><strong>IMPROVED COVERAGE IS ANTICIPATED</strong><br />
This tie, in Aqeel Khan’s opinion, is unlike any previous match.</p>
<p>“The Indian squad is different from the greatest Asian teams we have faced, like Japan and Uzbekistan. When India visits, the media becomes engaged, fans get more enthusiastic, and sponsors undoubtedly become more interested since more people will watch.</p>
<p>“Tennis will benefit Pakistan in general as a result of the increased popularity of the sport. Since tennis isn’t so popular in Pakistan, the matches versus India should make up for it, he said.</p>

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