ISLAMABAD - Pakistan No 1 U-14 player Syed Nofil Kaleem has made the history by becoming first Pakistani player to get No 1 U-14 player of the Asian Tennis Federation according to news ranking released by the ATF.

Nofil achieved 1,220 points by appearing in nine Asian tournaments in Qatar, Thailand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Philippines, Korea, and Singapore.

Nofil managed to grab the top slot in Asia after winning two ATF doubles and one singles titles. He also won 16 National U-14 titles to become Pakistan No 1 and 3 international tournaments to become Asian U-14 No. 1 tennis player.

In an exclusive interview with TheNation on Wednesday, Nofil said: “The hard work of my parents and coach Kamran Khalil has paid off and I give the credit to my father for taking me to such heights as he always boosted my confidence and supported me that helped me a lot. The second person whom I want to thanks my coach Kamran Khalil, who completely changed my game.

Nofil said: “I was playing tennis for two years now but after hiring the services of Kamran as my coach I really started to deliver and now I want to become world champion in next three to four years and I love the way Roger Federer plays and follow his footsteps in future.”

Nofil said: “it is very easy to raise finger at others as people often blamed my father for promoting me that is completely unfair. I want to ask a question to all those persons, did my father play instead of me? Parents help their kids, but people don’t realise how much I had to sacrifice to play tennis. I had to abandon my regular school and forced to study with the help of private tutors.”

“I want to win laurels for Pakistan not for my family or others; it would be the national anthem of my country which would be played at international events.

“My father is a government servant and still bearing all of my expenses while there are thousands of persons who could easily afford to pay for their kids and hire coaches for them but are not coming forward and criticising my father because he is the president of Pakistan Tennis Federation and only promoting me and bearing my expenses from his own pocket.

“I deserve more respect than others as I had earned the No 1 slot with my sheer passion, hard work and I have achieved the distinction only by beating the best of the best of the tennis world. I would continue to play tennis no matter what may come in my way as tennis is my passion and I am dreaming of becoming world No 1 which I would achieve with the help of my parents, coaches and the prayers of the entire nation, he stated.

Nofil would leave for US on December 1 to train in Florida and then would compete in the Orange Bowl main round starting from December 10-17.

“I want to gradually improve my game and ready to face defeat at the hands of the professional players in ITF events that would help me to win big events”, a confident Nofil concluded.  Nofil is presently being financially supported by ZBTL, and of course his parents, he is fast getting on the track where soon he would bring a lot of glory not only for himself, but for the country too, it is the time Pakistan Sports Board, multi-nationals, banks, private organisations, air lines and sports lovers must come forward and lend a helping hand to this brightest future hope of tennis.