Inaugural Pro Tennis League kicks off in Delhi

Some of the country's leading tennis stars including Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Sriram Balaji will be in action in the Pro Tennis League from December 18 to 22.

Vijay Sundar Prashanth (left) and Saketh Myneni pose with the Champion trophy of the Pro Tennis League at the RK Khanna Stadium in Delhi on Monday.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Some of the country's leading tennis stars including Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Sriram Balaji will be in action in the Pro Tennis League to be played at the RK Khanna Stadium Complex in New Delhi from December 18 to 22.

Eight teams will compete in a league and knockout format. The teams will be divided into two groups of four in the league and the top two teams from each group will make the semifinals.

Each team will also have prominent former players like Vishaal Uppal, Nitten Kirrtane, Vijayant Malik, Vivek Shokeen, Ashutosh Singh and Tushar Liberhan. Each team will have one junior and a veteran.

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Coaches Vivek Satyajit, Nar Singh, Arun Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Chandra Bhushan and Gauri Shankar will work as "mentors" for different teams.

Each tie will consist of five matches (rubbers) - two singles and three doubles. The teams have to go through the whole set of single-set matches in each tie, and the team winning maximum number of matches will be the winner. A 10-point tiebreaker will be played to settle tied sets.

Each tie will start with a match between the juniors, followed by a doubles match. The third match will feature the professional players, before two more doubles matches.

On-court coaching is allowed and team owners, mentor and players can sit on court during the matches and cheer for their team. However, use of mobile phones will not be permitted "on court".

Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Vijay Sundar Prashanth, Vishnu Vardhan, Arjun Kadhe, Siddharth Vishwakarma, Sriram Balaji and Sidharth Rawat will play in different teams.