Islamabad (February 1, 2018): Pakistani Tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi expressed his surprise over the decision of Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to not include a fifth player in the Pakistan Davis Cup team for the tie against South Korea.
The Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group-I match between hosts Pakistan and South Korea will be played here at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex from Friday.Tennis star says that the national team would play aggressive game against the opposition in the two-day contest.
Aisam said that he is unaware of why fifth player has not been added in the squad by PTF.” Talking about Pakistan’s chances of winning the clash, he said that on paper the Korean team is better than Pakistan as all of their participating players have world rankings. “But we as hosts should take advantage of the grass courts as Pakistani players are better than the Koreans on this surface,” he added
He said that International Tennis Federation’s new rules for Davis Cup to reduce the match from best of five to best of three will also help the Pakistani squad. “In this prestigious event any of the hard working and talented players can get the chance to represent the country,” Aisam quoted.Similar views were expressed by top national player Aqeel who said that he has been getting training for the last three weeks for the Korean tie. “We will try our best to win this contest and feel confident about it due to our sound preparations,” he said and added that Aisam’s international exposure will help Pakistan to do well.
Hameed-ul-Haq the non playing captain, said that though the Koreans are better than the hosts on paper as one of their player is ranked world number 170, the Pakistan team could give them very tough time.