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V Chennai Warriors in CTL

- SPORTS REPORTER

CHENNAI:

After a false start last year when the Chennai franchise had to be replaced at the last minute, V Chennai Warriors will put the city on the Champions Tennis League map in the second season starting next week.

The franchise co-owned by Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh of Vel’s University and film actor Prabhu Deva will play its matches on November 25 and 26 against Hyderbad and Nagpur respective­ly at the SDAT tennis stadium here. Fernando Verdasco, Heather Watson, Vishnu Vardhan and Rainer Schuttler will be its players.

Vijay Amritraj, chairman of CTL, said, “I am glad to have the home of tennis in India on the CTL map,” at the launch of the team on Saturday.

Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi have dropped out for the second season and will be replaced by Chennai, Raipur and Nagpur but Amritaraj said it was not a concern for him.

He added there are enough cities that have shown interest in being a part of the league and the challenge was to find the right one which could do justice to the event.

“We knew there will be speedbreak­ers and hiccups and we knew some teams were going to pull out but we hope to learn lessons from the first season.”

Amritaraj said the biggest challenge is the schedule with the ATP and WTA calendar running till November. “The World Tour Final gets over by November 22 and we can start only after that. We have even increased from 10 days to 14 days for this year.”

With the Olympics next year, the former Indian tennis player said the players should be left to decide who they want to pair up with to avoid the confusion that happened last time around during the London 2012 games.

Amritaraj said, “In doubles I don’t think you have lot of choice with only Leander Paes and Rohan Boppanna but for mixed doubles, it should be left to Sania Mirza who she wants to pair up with as she is high on confidence.”

 ??  ?? V Chennai Warriors co-owners Prabhu Deva and Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh at the launch of the team along with Vijay Amritraj and M.A. Alagappan, president of TNTA.
— PHOTO: S.R. RAGHUNATHA­N
V Chennai Warriors co-owners Prabhu Deva and Dr. Ishari K. Ganesh at the launch of the team along with Vijay Amritraj and M.A. Alagappan, president of TNTA. — PHOTO: S.R. RAGHUNATHA­N

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