MUMBAI: Sony Six has bagged the exclusive broadcasting rights of Champions Tennis League. The inaugural league will take place between 17 to 26 November and will be held in six cities in India.
The league formed of six teams will witness national and international tennis talent with each team having top ATP and WTA players, captained by a tennis legend. Each team in the Champions Tennis league will feature one male and one female international player ranked amongst the top 25 in the ATP and WTA rankings. Each team will also have an international legend as their playing captain, apart from a noted top ranked Indian male tennis player. Two juniors, aged under 21 will also be a part of the team, selected by the All India Tennis Association, in order to give them exposure and the experience of playing with some of the best players in the world.
MSM India CEO NP Singh said, “Introduction of Champions Tennis League will help redefine the Indian tennis market paradigm. This will be a landmark event that will put India on the global map of tennis, featuring some of the world’s greatest tennis stars playing right here in our country. We are excited about this partnership and believe that the tournament will be a perfect blend of tennis and entertainment that has never been seen in India.”
Sony Six EVP and business head Prasana Krishnan added, “We are delighted to have Champions Tennis League on board as this acquisition signifies yet another endeavour by Sony Six into bringing diverse sports offerings to the viewers. Champions Tennis league will be a treat for viewers as they will get to see the best of tennis action where International players and our National talent share the court. We believe that the league will not only give a fantastic viewing experience to the viewers but also help young Indian talent to perform on a grand stage.”
Second Serve chairman and managing director Vijay Amritraj said, “I am delighted that The Champions Tennis League in its inaugural edition will be seen on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. This would be first time that an event of this nature with top international players, men and women along with some wonderful legends will be seen in six cities across India. I am also proud to say that our Indian Davis cup players will be alongside the international players, along with two Indian youngsters, a boy and a girl; who will be on the team to practice and gain experience traveling with these top players. It will be a spectacular 10 days for sports and tennis lovers across the country.”
The six teams will play 12 matches over an eight day period, with the matches kick-starting from 17 November. The teams will be structured into two groups, each having three sides each, where they would play each other in a home and away format. The top team in each half play each other in the 13 match on the 10 day for the inaugural Champions Tennis league trophy.
All the games will be featured live and exclusive on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.