LAHORE, Dec 22 (APP):The fourth edition of the Hassan Tariq Rahim Masters Cup invitational Tennis tournament would explode into action from tomorrow, (Sunday) at Bagh-e-Jinnah tennis courts.
Opening ceremony of the tournament shall be held at 11:00 a.m.
on Sunday, December 23. Chairman Lahore Gymkhana Club
Kamran Lashari will be the chief guest the opening ceremony of
World’s doubles player and Pakistan’s pride of tennis Aisamul
haq Qureshi has confirmed his participation and will be playing
along with other Pakistan’s top ranked tennis players in his eight
The tournament is being staged on format of ATP World Tour Finals
held in London, every year. The tournament Committee consists of
Khawaja Ahmad Tariq Rahim (Chairman), Mian Imran Ahmad, Waqar Nisar,
Mian Amer Altaf Secretary Lahore Gymkhana Tennis, Shahid Waqar Mahmood Captain Tennis/Tournament
Director and Furqan Uddin Khan, Assistant Tournament Director.
Asif Riaz is the Chief Referee of the tournament.
The premier tennis activity is being staged in the memory of
Hassan Tariq Rahim, son of former Governor Punjab Khawaja Ahmad Tariq
Rahim passed away in June 2013 at the age of 46 years, due to cancer.
He was a very passionate club tennis player, who enjoyed and played
tennis very regularly and was a very popular figure among the members
of tennis club.
The tournament carries hefty prize money for the participants, as
the total prize money of the tournament exceeds Rs.1.18 million, being
the highest tournament on Pakistan Tennis circuit.
The men’s singles
winner is to get Rs 150,000/- and men’s doubles winners Rs.150,000/-.
While Women’s singles winner gets Rs.75,000/- and Boy’s Under-18
winner gets Rs.60,000/-.
Further, the players losing in Group matches are also paid Group
losers prize money for participating in the tournament.
The event is a step forward to further promote and popularize
tennis in the country.
The out station players are being provided with accommodation
along with daily and travel allowances.
This year ten players have been invited in the Men’s singles
Women’s singles, and Boy’s Under-18 while eight pairs in men’s
doubles are taking part. The draw ceremony was held on Friday.
Following are the draws:
Khawaja Iftikhar Group; Aqeel Khan, Mudassar Murtaza, Heera Ashiq,
Muhammad Abid Ali Akbar, & Ahmed Chaudhry.
S. M. Alam Group; Muhammad Abid, Muzamil Murtaza, Muhammad Shoaib,
Yousaf Khalil & Shamael Chaudhry.
KTR Group: Aisam Qureshi & Aqeel Khan, Mudassar Murtaza & Muzamil
Murtaza, Heera Ashiq & Abdal Haider, Imran Bhatti & Tariq Sadiq.
Noon Group: Muhammad Abid & M Waqas Malik, Shahzad Khan & Ahmed
Chaudhry, M Abid Ali Akbar & Shamael Chaudhry, Yousaf Khalil & Muhammad Shoaib.
Perveen Naseer Group: Sara Mansoor, Esha Jawad, Mehwish Chistie,
Nida Akram Awan, Mehaq Khokhar.
Aziz Taqi Butt Group: Sarah mahboob Khan, Ushna Suhail, Noor Malik,
Shimza Naaz Durab & Khunsha Chaudhry.
Aisam ul Haq Qureshi Group Boy’s Under-18:
Jamil Ahmad Group: Muhammad Shoaib, Muhammad Nauman Aftab, Ahmed
Kamil, Ahmed Asjad Qureshi & Shehryaar Tariq.
Haseeb Aslam Group: Huzaifa Abdul Rehman, Saqib Hayat, Abdullah
Adnan, Aqib Hayat & Taimur Saleem.