Lahore - Pakistan junior team finished ninth in the Junior Davis Cup that concluded in New Delhi, India, thanks to young Pakistan lads for their last four consecutive ties victories in the mega event.

According to Pakistan captain Rashid Malik (Tamgh-e-Imtiaz), young Pakistani boys fought very well especially in the last four ties that helped boys in green finish ninth in the event. “Unfortunately, Pakistan junior team had to face strong India and Australia in the very beginning of the event, where they just reached and couldn’t settle well, thus lost both of their opening ties against India and Australia, who were very strong teams with very huge budgets for the promotion of tennis.

“After the first two defeats, our boys adapted to the condition and got rhythm that helped them beat the best in the business. First they defeated Sri Lanka by 2-1, and then took on strong Uzbekistan team in the next tie. But this time, Pakistani young lads showed their class and fought bravely to win the crucial tie by 2-1. With such a heart-warming win and motivation and guidance by me (the coach), boys didn’t look back and played exceptional tennis and outclassed Thailand team by 3-0 to finish ninth in the Junior Davis Cup,” he added.

Malik urged the government and especially the corporate sector to come forward and support these talented kids, who are true future stars of Pakistan. “Our talented boys need all-out financial support from government and corporate sector for the participation in maximum ITF events, as it will not only help them gain ITF rankings and international exposure but also help them prepare well for the mega events like Davis Cup.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan junior Davis Cup team and captain Rashid Malik was also honoured by Pakistan Embassy in India by High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi Aftab Hassan Khan and its staff. Lauding the performance and spirit of young Pakistani tennis kids, Aftab Hassan Khan hoped that the future of Pakistan sports especially tennis is quite bright and soon these kids will start winning international laurels for the country.