ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan No 1, Davis Cupper and the recipient of Pride of Performance, Hamidul Haq, is adding another feather to his already glittering carrier by going to Turkey on May 27 to take part in the ITF Senior Circuit Tennis Tournament which will start at Ted Club on Synthetic Hard Court, Istanbul, from May 27. The event will conclude on June 5. "I have achieved every goal during my playing days. Now at the age of 50 the desire and passion is still there which allows me to extend my playing carrier further," Hamid said this in an exclusive talk with The Nation here on Tuesday. Hamid is taking part in two events 40 plus singles and 45 plus singles in Turkey. Hamid a winner of seven Senior Asian championships and overall 168 titles, a feat which no other Pakistani player has yet achieved. Hamid at this age has created yet another history by securing 7th ranking as announced by the Pakistan Tennis Federation. Hamid claimed to be in the form of his life and believes that he is going to win that particular championship in Turkey. Hamid has already reached three quarterfinals of the men's singles tournament in running. He was among the top 50 players in the world 45 plus singles category in 2008, the only Asian to achieve this feat. Despite all these glory years, he is still facing difficulties in finding a sponsor for the upcoming tour of Turkey. It was the moral and national obligation of Pakistan Tennis Federation to bear complete expense of Hamid as he was and he still is a great player and a true representative of Pakistan across the globe. It sounds quite odd that a player like Hamid is searching for a sponsor. PTF Spokesman Irshad Bhatti had time and again given statements that any player who wanted to train or take part in an international event, PTF will bear his or her expenses, where does the PTF and its spokesman stands now. Giving statements is a separate thing and implementing them is another. The time is running out fast. If the PTF is really committed to its stance of promoting tennis, then they must step forward and bear all the expenses of Hamidul Haq, otherwise it will be understood that they are just after the limelight. They don't bother about giving their players a much needed exposure. Hamid has retreated his commitment that if no one comes forward with the sponsorship even then he will travel to Turkey on his own and try to bring laurels for his country, as he did in the past bearing all his expenses and winning titles overseas. "As a professional tennis player since 1976 I feel it is my right to represent my country at international level as I am still playing top tennis," Hamid said showing his strong commitment with his profession.