ATF president: Hong Kong should have played in Pakistan

Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) President Anil Kumar Khanna says the Hong Kong team should have honoured their commitment to play a Davis Cup Asian-Oceania Group-II tie in Pakistan.

Anil said that as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) cleared the tie to go ahead, Hong Kong should not have opted out of making the trip over security fears.


“The ITF has its own security system analysis and they have termed Islamabad a safe place to hold the Davis Cup tie after a thorough investigation and their security personnel reports, so in my opinion, Hong Kong should not have refused to play in Pakistan,” Anil said.

Anil also acknowledged the efforts of Pakistan Tennis Federation Chief Salim Saifullah and patron Dilawar Abbas, and said he hoped the fruits of their labour would pay off for Pakistan cricket soon.

“It is unfortunate that Davis Cup ties didn’t happen in Pakistan so long due to which their youth has less interest in this game, but even then I think future of tennis in Pakistan is bright,” he stated.

With Hong Kong forfeiting last weeks tie, Pakistan will now face Philippines or Thailand in the third round.