The Champions Tennis League (CTL) is an initiative started in India to promote tennis as a sport in our nation. It is the brainchild of retired Indian tennis star Vijar Amritraj and is styled according to the Indian Premier League. It is one of the various championship leagues started in India, with the Indian Super League ( Football) and World Kabbadi League being others.
Promoted by Amritraj’s sports management company Second Serve, the CTL will feature six teams, one each from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It boasts of a wide array of local talent and also international tennis legends, who have made history in the field of tennis. Names like Mark Phillippoussis and Pat Cash are sure to attract hardcore tennis fans across the country.
The tournament will have a profound impact on the reach and impact of tennis as a sport in India. Experienced players like Jelena Jankovic and Juan Carlos Ferrero will provide pearls of wisom to our budding stars Sriram Bala, Sanam Singh and many more. Leander Paes is another quality name added to the roster which is sure to bring a smile to the fans, as he has played a key role in elevating the quality of Indian tennis on an international forum.
Tennis is a sport which is not well recognized and approved of in India and the CTL will surely change this. Fans who do not appreciate the sport will become aware of the quality of these players and will realize the impact that they have had on the game, both nationally and internationally. The short and exciting rounds of games will attract hordes of fans as they know that they will be given their money’s worth. The success of this year’s edition could spawn a yearly initiative and ensure that the importance and value of tennis is spread far and wide.
The CTL is one of various Leagues started recently to promote a myriad of sports, apart from cricket in India. The cricket-loving population of India is being given a taste of what other sports are like and boy, they are going to love it.