The ITF-PTF Wheelchair Tennis Development Initiative Coaching Camp was launched at the Sports Board Punjab Tennis Academy, Nishtar Park Sports Complex, Lahore.
Wheelchair tennis has already made its debut in Karachi under the pioneering effort of PTF-Pakistan Tennis Federation, Vice President, Mr. Muhammad Khalid Rehmani, who has played a pivotal role in not only promoting Wheelchair tennis sport in the province of Sindh but also across the nation.
The second camp in Lahore, Punjab, will be managed and coached by PLTA-Punjab Lawn Tennis Association Secretary, Rashid Malik.
The launch ceremony of the camp was participated by 16 wheelchair tennis players from various regions of the province. “Through the Sports Board Punjab, these players will receive comprehensive support, including wheelchairs, tennis rackets, balls, and access to tennis facilities, all provided free of charge. There is tremendous talent in Punjab, and with the help of qualified coaches, we hope this talent will master the finer aspects of the game,” the Secretary Sports Shahid Zaman stated. He praised the commendable pioneering initiative of Mr. Khalid Rehmani, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis in Pakistan.
Expressing his gratitude, Mr. Khalid Rehmani said, “Our primary goal for 2024 is to prepare wheelchair tennis players for the Paris Paralympics and ITF Unilock Asia Region Cup Wheelchair Tennis.” Mr. Rehmani explained and asserted that, “We are also looking to introduce wheelchair tennis in Quetta, which possesses immense talent. With proper training and maximum international exposure, we hope to produce champions capable of making their mark on the global wheelchair tennis stage.”