Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has announced to host two back-to-back International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures (Men's Professional Circuit events) before the end of the ongoing year.

President PTF Salim Saifullah said, "We will host these events in November-December this year."

He said each event would carry a prize purse of 15,000 US dollars.

"The ITF has agreed to provide us 5,000 dollars for each of the events , while the rest of the amount will be borne by the PTF", he added.

Saifullah said ITF Manager Training Centres and Events Frank Couraud came Pakistan on a five-day visit to discuss tennis development.

He said Frank's visit would pave the way for high-profile ITF officials to travel to Pakistan .

"I'll also invite ITF President to witness Davis Cup tie's final against Thailand in September," he said.

He said Pakistan successfully hosted Davis Cup tie against Iran after a gap of 12 years, which he said was a turning point for promotion of tennis in the country.

"The way we conducted Davis Cup tie against Iran has told the world that we are a sports loving nation and know how to respect international stars," he added.

He said unfortunately Hong Kong decided against playing in Pakistan , otherwise people would have a lot of international activity here.

He added that Pakistan was fully prepared to host Thailand for Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II final in September.

"Hosting of Thailand would further enhance the credentials of Pakistan to hold ITF events .”