LAHORE - The training camp of the Boys Under-16 Junior Davis Cup team for the World Group qualifying round matches is in full swing under the supervision of renowned coach Rashid Malik here at the Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah.

Pakistan Junior Davis Cup team consists of Bilal Asim, Hamid Israr and M Huzaifa Khan. Both Bilal and Hamid have been training hard under the coaching of Rashid Malik while Muhammad Huzaifa Khan didn’t report to the camp yet. The training camp commenced on April 4 and will conclude on April 8. After that, the national junior team will be leaving for New Delhi on April 9 and the main event will be held from April 11 to 16 at RK Khanna Stadium, New Delhi.

Talking to media here on Thursday, team captain Rashid Malik (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) said: “The camp is being conducted in hot weather, where I am trying to train the youngsters well, getting them mentally tough ahead of the big event. But our opponents this time are very tough. They are thoroughly professional with million-dollar budgets for betterment of their tennis. They are spending a lot on their players and providing them with a good number of ITF events to help them further excel at higher level.

“There is a dire need for the PTF and government to improve the infrastructure and arrange maximum ITF and ATF events for Pakistani players at home and abroad, so that they may continuously take part in the international events and earn crucial points to improve their international rankings as well as their games and skills,” said the coach, whose aim is to produce tennis champions like he has been doing so for the last three decades.

“The PTF should also have sent the national team to the venue of the event a bit earlier, as the players need to adapt to the conditions and if they practise there, it will further sharpen their chances to give their best against their respective opponents,” asserted Malik, who will also be defending his ITF Senior 45 plus title in Delhi after the Junior Davis Cup event.

Bilal Asim and Hamid Israr said: “Our practice under the coaching of Sir Rashid Malik is going well. We are training hard and trying to improve our game and skills. Although the competition is very tough as top tennis playing nations are featuring in it, yet we will try to give tough times to our opponents.”