Pak tennis players given warm send off

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Chandigarh, Apr 16 (UNI) A nine-member Pakistan tennis team was given a warm send off by staff of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) where they attended a three-week advanced coaching from March 27.

The visitors, mostly junior players, left for Amritsar yesterday night and today they will cross over to Pakistan via the Wagha Border.

Their two players had earlier left for Pakistan due to their examinations and National Championship.

The CLTA General Manager RK Nayyar and 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 Pakistani 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.

He was confident that the Pakistani boys who trained at the CLTA 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 Pakistni trainees included 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 Pakistani 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.

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