CHI The Sindh Tennis Association has collected fines from players who were absent from their scheduled matches in the events organised by the provincial body during the past six months.
According to a media release of the STA issued here Wednesday, Rs 5,500 has been collected so far from the players who had violated the rules laid down for not showing up for the scheduled matches in various local events organised between January and July this year.
About three years ago, the STA, which is the most active affiliated unit of the PTF, has laid down rules under which the players not showing up for their scheduled matches would be fined and barred from playing in future events unless they have a valid explanation to skip the matches.
The STA has also suspended nine players who entered the Ranking Tournaments in two different events but did not report for their matches and also could not submit valid explanation within one week of their default. These players will pay Rs 1,000 each to be eligible to participate in future events.
The players are:
Adil Tanoli, Akber Hayat Khan, Aun Ahmed, Bakhtiyar Arshad (Hyderabad), Fahim Ramzan, Daniyal Mirza, Khizer Tariq (Hyderabad), Muhammad Abdul Saeed, Muhammad Naseem.
Most of those suspended are not regular players.
However, the new STA disciplinary rules improved attendance of players and there are comparatively lesser no shows and walk overs since the rules came in force.