Karachi: The inaugural edition of Fauji Fertilizer Company Open National Ranking Tennis Championships started on Sunday with 32 matches being on the opening day at S. Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex and Pakistan Sports Board Complex in Islamabad.
Ladies singles, boys U-18 and boys U-14 events are being played on the clay courts while men’s singles and men’s doubles are being held on the hard courts of PSB and PTF.
Arham Atiq, Babar Ali, Asad ullah, Saqib Umar, Hamza bin Asif, Asjad Etizaz, Talha bin Asif and Umair Qayyum qualified for the main draw of men’s singles event by winning two matches in the qualifying event.
In the boys U-18 qualifying event Ahmed Ibrahim, Zoraiz, Ilham Khan, Ali Khalid, Abdullah Adnan, Ibrahim Ahmed, Umar Hasan and Zayn Ali beat their respective opponents for place themselves in the main draw.
The Championship is being sponsored by Fauji Fertilizer Company. The total prize money of the event is Rs.300,000 along with daily allowance for outstation players and travelling allowance for junior players.
Men’s Qualifying final round matches:
Arham Atiq beat Mujahid Zaib 6-0, 6-0
Babar Ali beat Gul Zaman 6-1, 6-0
Asad ullah beat Shahryar Khan 6-4, 6-3
Saqib Umar w/o Danish Ahmed
Hamza bin Asif beat Ahmed Murad 6-0, 6-0
Asjad Etizaz beat Musa Ch. 6-1, 6-2
Talha bin Asif beat Bakhtiar Afridi 6-2, 6-0
Umair Qayyum beat Hasnain 6-0, 6-1
Boys U-18 qualifying round matches:
Ahmed Ibrahim Nazir beat Waleed 6-0, 6-1
Zoraiz beat Hadi Ali Shirazi 6-3, 6-4
Ilham Khan beat Saad Ahmed Jamal 6-1, 6-0
Ali Khalid beat M. Ibrahim Khan 6-2, 6-2
Abdullah Adnan beat Mustafa Malik 6-1, 6-4
Ibrahim Ahmed beat Saad Kamal 7-6, 6-3
Umar Hasan beat Abdullah PSB 6-4, 6-0
Zayn Ali beat Abdul Hanan Khan 6-1, 6-0