Eight franchises, 40 players for 3rd season of Pro Tennis League
New Delhi, December 15, 2021
Eight franchises picked up 40 players including top players like Saket Myneni, Prerna Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, and Vishnu Vardhan at the auction of the third edition of the Pro Tennis League here on Tuesday.
The auction saw an engrossing session of bidding in which eight different teams bagged players divided into 5 playing categories.
The eight teams who will fight it out for the coveted title are: Bangalore Challengers, DMG Crusaders, Indian Aviators, ProVeri Super Smashers, Sankara, Saphire Superstars, Stag BabolatYoddhas, and Team Radiant.
The tournament also has a unique format of play this time. In an official draw ceremony to be organized on December 20, a day before the league begins, the eight teams will be divided into two groups of four teams in each group, where they will play a Round Robin Format.
Every tie would be decided on the basis of the total number of games won by the players during the match. The match format will be best of 11 games with Regular Tie Breaker to be played at 5-5.
The categories are as follows;
1. Men’s Singles (Pro1VsPro1)
2. Men’s Singles (Pro2VsPro2)
3. Next Gen Singles (NextGen Vs NextGen)
4. Men’s Doubles (Pro1 & Pro2 Vs Pro 1& Pro2)
5. Mixed Doubles (Next Gen Men’s & Women's)
6. Mixed Doubles (Women’s 35+Professional Players)
Two teams will be selected from each group on the basis of a total number of games won during the Round Robin Matches and the winner of Group 1 will play with the second-placed team in Group 2 and vice versa in a knock-out event.
To make the league more interesting and intense, players and mentors will be allowed with the team members to be present on the courtside right next to the player to guide them and encourage them during the side change.
This gives the younger upcoming players a first-hand opportunity to learn from the best in the business and showcase their talent and keeps the owners and mentors involved in the game at every stage. All this is topped up with music and activities for everyone in the stadium.
The head coach of the Indian Davis cup team and head of the National Tennis Centre Zeeshan Ali, who is associated with the event, said, “I am envious to witness the players auction, I wish tennis leagues had existed in our time."