Amid ever-rising popularity of Tennis in the Indian sports industry, Tennis Premier league is coming with its second edition. The TPL is scheduled to start from December 12th to 15th at the Celebration Sports Club in Andheri Mumbai.
To make indigenous event of tennis a major success, a toll of 8 teams comprising 88 players from across the country are taking part and will clash for the coveted title in the 2nd edition of the league.
The Tennis Premier league will feature Bollywood star Sonali Bendre who is owning a franchisee along with former tennis star Leander Paes who also have a stake in Mumbai franchisee.
The participating team in TPL will feature men and women tennis players besides girls of under-18 age groups and boys under-14 age groups and wheelchair participants.
In order to filter talents for the league, the organisers are conducting talents hunts across the country in which girls under the age of 18 and boys under the age of 14 will be picked.
Talent days will be held in Ahmedabad and Mumbai on October 20 and 23, and in Hyderabad and Delhi on November 3 and 10 respectively. The registrations for talent days will commence on August 5 and end on October 5.
Having several seasoned personalities from across Bollywood and sports industry coming ahead in promotion of the first edition of the Tennis Premier League including Aishwarya Rai Bachan and Leander Paes, the league was founded by Ex-National player Kunal Thakkur and actor/entrepreneur Mrunal Jain.
With a total prize fund of 60 Lakhs, this event will see some of the leading male and female players of the country in action. Arjun Khade will lead the men’s field while Ankita Raina will be the top female player in the tournament.
The League is affiliated with All India Tennis Association (AITA) and will be conducted under the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA).
When asked about this initiative Paes said, “Tennis in India needs this push and to help the youngsters showcase their talent under the guidance and support of the mentors. I’m happy to be associated with TPL for the 2nd year and here’s wishing them all the best. Hoping this League helps bring a steady platform to tennis and promote the sport in our country.”
Thakkur added, “The response from the 1st edition was overwhelming and we got tremendous support and encouragement from the Bollywood and Sports fraternity. Our aim is to reach every house in India and make tennis as popular as cricket and other sport. We want to give our talented tennis players the same platform that cricketers are getting with IPL.”