LAHORE    -   The first day matches were played in the Sports Board Punjab Open Tennis Cham­pionship here at Punjab Int’l Tennis Stadium Nishtar Park Sports Complex. 

In the first round, Shah­rukh Hussain beat Akash 8-2, Hassan Riaz beat Far­han 8-3, Rana Humayun beat Syed Shams 8-0, Saif ul Aziz beat Zain Butt 8-3, Amza Jawad beat Waqar 8-1, Bilal Asim beat Ahmad 8-0, Aakif Hussain beat Zaeem 8-2, Sikhander Hayyat beat Makaeel 8-1 and Ahmad Waqas beat Ahmad Adnan 8-5. In the boys U-18 first round, Raahim Khan beat Zaeem 6-2, Zain Saeed beat Safin 6-4, Abubakar Talha beat Hammad 6-1 and Asad Zaman beat Moavia Butt 6-0. 

PLTA Secretary Rashid Ma­lik lauded the internation­al-standard tennis facility at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex. “I am thankful to Punjab Sports Minister Ma­lik Taimoor Masood and DG SBP Tariq Qureshi for their all-out support for junior de­velopment in Pakistan. 

“The courts are of interna­tional standard, where int’l events can be organized. This is an inaugural event here and hopefully, Asian Junior Tennis event will be hosted here soon. I hope this tennis academy will also produce tennis stars, who will rep­resent the country in junior Grand Slams,” Malik added