ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Sports Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani has assured all out support to make tennis a popular game in the country. Talking to Senior Vice President of PTF, Irshad Bhatti in a meeting here, the minister said that the government will extend every possible help to the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) in implementing its four years plan for the uplift of tennis. He said that tennis was a popular sport in the world and every effort would be made to provide opportunities to young players to compete at world circuit. The minister asked the Federation to submit proposals regarding its four years plan on yearly basis. Aijaz Jakhrani appreciated the initiative taken by the Federation to groom up to 10-year old students and prepare them to compete at the world level. He said that idea to give central contract to four top players and officials will help boost tennis in a big way in all parts of the country. Briefing the Minister, the PTF Senior Vice President said the school tennis programme will be introduced in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar and gradually the program will be extended to other cities as well. He informed that at least four tennis academies will be opened to provide an opportunity to young players to groom themselves adding, four covered tennis courts will also be built in the federal capital and the provinces. Irshad Bhatti who was recently elected as the Senior Vice President of PTF said that the Federation intends to give central contracts to top ten players as well as officials enabling them to fully concentrate on the game and bring laurel for the country. In a bid to pull the federation out of financial crisis, he informed the minister the fund raising shows and dinners will be organized inside and outside the country.