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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sania Mirza might Play in Pakistan upon Invitation from PTF

Sania Mirza is currently ranked 33 in the WTA ranking and she does not have any big success in the tennis world compared to the top ranked players. Nevertheless, the 21-year old Hyderabad girl has already become a sports celebrity not only in India but also in South Asia. In fact, she has become the best ever tennis player from this region of the world in terms of what she achieved so far in tennis. With her consistent performance on big occasions, Sania Mirza has become an idol among the young generation of South Asia.

Now, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) is planning to use her popularity and celebrity image in order to promote tennis in the country. PTF is considering inviting Sania Mirza in Pakistan to participate in a couple of mixed doubles matches.

Daily Times reported:

“She has initially agreed with the proposal and we will shortly arrange the event when all the participating players would have time,” PTF president Syed Dilawar Abbas told a news conference here on Saturday after the annual general council meeting of the federation.

“Sania even has promised to wave off her match fee and will charge only Rs 2 million as appearance money,” he stated adding the dates and venue for the competition was yet to be discussed.

Sania along with an Indian partner will play against Pakistan’s Aisamul Haq and her female partner. It is a very good initiative taken by PTF as part of their plan to promote tennis in the country. There is no doubt, Pakistan tennis fans will be very happy to see their favorite star playing in front of them. I think, it will really help PTF to carry out their mission to promote the sport across the country.

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