LAHORE - Rising tennis star Bilal Asim (SICAS), who is yet to turn 16 in September 2022, and National No.1 ranked in Under-18 and Under-16 boys category, which is rare and unique case in Pakistan tennis history, has been training hard under the supervision of his coaches Rashid Malik (Tamgh-e-Imtiaz) and Ahmad Babar and keen to represent Pakistan in junior international tennis circuit.

Bilal started his career when he was just eight-year-old and did not take long to bag his first title, just a year later. Having 44+ titles to his name, Bilal has previously represented Pakistan internationally on multiple occasions and beat players ranging from India to Russia to Turkey and many more. Bilal was part of Junior Davis Cup team in 2022 and proudly represented Pakistan in New Delhi beating Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan and Thailand.

Bilal’s national ranking has been perfect throughout as he achieved top national ranking in each category he represented starting from Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under 16 and now Under-18 as well. He is giving equal attention to his studies and has bagged A* and A in the two subjects of O-levels he appeared in so far. Provided the right support, Bilal is all set to participate in ITF juniors and to train internationally and bring honours for the country.

Talking to The Nation, Bilal thanked his mentor and coach Rashid Malik, saying renowned coach Mr. Malik, who has a vast experience of more than 30 years of training top tennis players including Davis Cuppers and top ranked national players, has coaching and training him very well and transformed him into a champion. “I am also grateful to my second coach Ahmad Babar for his guidance and training. I am working very hard under their coaching and I am eager to further excel in my age category at national and international level. I need all-out support from government and corporate sector, as the maximum participation in ITF events can help me improve my game as well as my rankings and win laurels for Pakistan.”