India Davis Cup player Saketh Myneni and Arjun Kadhe will feature in the newly launched Pro Tennis League, which will also see the participation of a few formers players such as Vishal Uppal, Sriram Balaji,b and Ashutosh Singh.
The action is all set to begin at the R.K.Khanna Stadium Complex, New Delhi from December 18-22.
As it’s an off-season for all professional players, Myneni and Kadhe will also earn some money by playing for their respective teams – Stag Babolat Yodhas and Raisoni Achievers – respectively.
The eight players participating will feature in eight teams which compete on a league-cum-knockout basis. Each team will also have some of the prominent players like Nitten Kirrtane, Vijayant Malik, Vivek Shokeen and Tushar Liberhan.
The format of the Pro-Tennis League
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The teams will be divided into two groups of four each and compete in the league phase. The top two teams from each group will make the semifinals.
Each tie will have five matches — two singles and three doubles. The teams have to go through the whole set of matches in each contest, and the team winning the maximum number of matches will win. Each match will be a one-set contest, with the first to reach six games with a difference of two emerging winners. In case of a tie, a 10-point tie-break will be played.
Each tie will start with a match between juniors, followed by doubles. The third match will feature the professional players.
There will be two doubles matches thereafter. Only doubles teams need a nomination, as the singles players will be an automatic choice.
The winning team will get Rs two lakh as prize money while the current professional players are being paid between Rs 1 and 1.5 lakh.
The owners have paid Rs 5.88 lakh for each team.
“More than the money, it is about fun,” said Myneni.
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