LAHORE: The Punjab Tennis Academy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Long Beach Tennis Center (LBTC) in New York to promote tennis and its players in Pakistan.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik (Tamgh-e-Imtiaz) and Mr. Faheem Siddiqui, brother of CEO of Long Beach Tennis Center in New York, Mr. Sid Siddiqui on his behalf during a simple yet impressive ceremony held here at Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore.
Speaking on the occasion, Rashid Malik said, “The Junior Initiative Program was ongoing here at PLTA which was halted by COVID but now PLTA will restart the initiative in conjunction with the Long Beach Tennis Center New York and this will help the association relaunch the junior initiative program. This will go a long way and help our children excel at the provincial, national and international levels.
“This program includes categories U-10 to U-16 while players will be selected on the basis of their last five tennis tournaments organized by the PLTA. This time, the U-6 and U-8 categories will be given special importance in order to prepare the future tennis stars for the country.
“Selected players will receive free training, tennis balls, stringing and other facilities that will help them in national tournaments. This is a year-round program that will further benefit local players. On top of that, the best players in the program will also receive tennis scholarships and be sent overseas to train and play against the best in the business,” Malik concluded.
The Junior Initiative program will start at the beginning of December this year. PNC Sports New York CEO Saleem Chaudhry and LBTC New York CEO Sid Siddique will grace the grand opening ceremony as keynote guests and made big announcements for Pakistani tennis and its players.