TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

TPL: Matthew Ebden becomes the most expensive player : The eight franchises have put their best foot forward, assembling strong and competitive…

TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4
TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

TPL: Matthew Ebden becomes the most expensive player : The eight franchises have put their best foot forward, assembling strong and competitive squads, packed with exciting talent from all over the world, ahead of the fourth edition of the Tennis Premier League (TPL) at the player Auction held in Mumbai. Follow Tennis Premier League live updates with InsideSport.IN

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Matthew Ebden, who is the 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion, was bought on as the marquee player for season four of the Tennis Premier League and was the most expensive pick up at the Auction. Despite stiff competition from other franchises for the signature of the grand slam winning Australian, he was picked up by Delhi Binny’s Brigade for ₹ 8.45 lakh due to smarts of their mentor Aditya Khanna. In addition to Matt Ebden, Delhi Binny’s Brigade picked up Sowjanya Bavisetti, an Indian tennis player who won 2 Gold and 1 silver medal in team and individual events, at the 13th South Asian Games for the price of ₹ 3.50 lakh. They also added Former India No.1 in the Juniors, Siddanth Banthia to their roster for the price of ₹ 1.50 lakh.

Defending champions Finecab Hyderabad Strikers, picked up Conny Perrin of Switzerland who has been a Winner of 13 Singles titles and 23 doubles titles on the ITF Women’s circuit for the price of ₹ 4.10 lakh. They were quick to snap up Sriram Balaji, who has been a Winner of 50 doubles titles on the ITF Pro circuit, for a price of ₹ 6.05 lakh. The final player that the Finecab Hyderabad Strikers picked up at the Auction was Niki Poonacha, who is 2 Time National Tennis Champion and was picked up for ₹ 2.60 lakh.

TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

Leander Paes co-owned Mumbai Leon Army were decisive at the Auction as they quickly picked up the players they were targeting before the Auction. The Mumbai Leon Army signed Ramkumar Ramanathan, who is currently India No.1 in Men’s Singles and No. 2 in Men’s Doubles for the price of ₹ 6.70 lakh. Leander Paes’ Mumbai Leon Army added to their Indian contingent as they signed up Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who won the Men’s Doubles at the Aircel Chennai Open back in 2017 for ₹ 2.60 lakh. Their roster was complete after the signing of the Winner of 12 career ITF Women titles, Valeriya Strakhova of Ukraine for the price of ₹ 4.45 lakh.

The Indian tennis icon talked about the impact of the Tennis Premier League after the Auction as he said, “I am excited with the squads each team has assembled for the fourth season of the Tennis Premier League, all the squads look strong and are stacked with elite talent. I am sure this is going to be the most exhilarating TPL season yet, which is a true testament to the undying efforts of Kunal and Mrunal who have made sure the league keeps growing with each edition. The Tennis Premier League has already helped unearth gems of Indian Tennis. I feel this time around the Women’s players are going to make the difference for their teams.”

Leander signed off by saying, “I am sure the stadium is going to be packed at the first match of the fourth season of the Tennis Premier League. I wish the best of luck to all of the franchises ahead of the new season.”

The Chennai Stallions who are co-owned by Aditi Rao Hydari signed up two international stars at the Auction. Illya Marchenko, the Ukrainian tennis star that has had a career high single ranking of World No.49 was bought for ₹ 4.55 lakh by the Chennai Stallions. The Chennai outfit also made Russian tennis star Anastasia Gasanova the most expensive female player at the Auction as she was bought by Stallions for ₹ 6.90 lakh. The Russian who is a Winner of 6 Singles titles and 3 Doubles titles on the ITF Women’s circuit will add a lot of quality to the Chennai Stallions. They signed up Anirudh Chandrasekar, who is fast becoming one of the rising stars of Indian tennis as he won his maiden title at the ITF $25K earlier this year for bargain at ₹2.10 lakh.

The Bengaluru Spartans signed up only Indian players at the Auction for the fourth edition of the Tennis Premier League. They secured the prodigious Indian women tennis player, Karman Kaur Thandi for ₹6.55 lakh. Karman who was prolific in season three of the Tennis Premier League has even represented India at the Fed Cup. Vishnu Vardhan, who won the Silver and Bronze Medal at 2010 Asian Games was also signed up by the Bengaluru Spartans for ₹4.55 lakh. Their roster was completed with the signing of Sidharth Rawat, who won the All-India University Championships back in 2019, for the price of ₹1.55 lakh.

TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

Sania Mirza who is the brand ambassador of the Bengaluru Spartans also expressed her thoughts on the fourth season of the Tennis Premier League as the Indian tennis women’s idol said, “It’s been very nice to see the Tennis Premier League grow over the years. The talent taking part in the Tennis Premier League in the fourth season is going to make this edition the most competitive yet. The Innovative format of the Tennis Premier League provides the players with the perfect opportunity to test themselves out in high pressure situations and in turn helps them improve their game. It has truly paved a path for kids taking up tennis in the country right now, they now have something like the TPL they can aim to play in. I am sure that the fourth season will be even more exhilarating than the previous years. The squads are all very competitive. May the best team take home the coveted trophy.”

The Pune Jaguars that is co-owned by Sonali Bendre Behl will be the home team when fourth season kicks-off at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune. The Pune Jaguars bought Arjun Kadhe right out of the blocks and were determined to secure his signing. The 28-year-old Pune native was signed up for ₹6.7 lakh, Arjun who has won 3 ATP Challenger Doubles titles will give it his all for his home team. Vijay Sundar Prashanth was the second male player they bought at the Auction for ₹2.55 lakh. Vijay who won the Gold Medal at 2016 South Asian Games will complement the skill set of Arjun to provide balance to the team. Rutuja Bhosale was bought by the Pune Jaguars for ₹3.65 lakh, Bhosale who has achieved the highest junior ranking of world no. 55 played for the Pune Jaguars in the previous season also.

Sonali Bendre Behl expressed her jubilation about the Auction and the fourth season of the Tennis Premier League as she said, “I’m very excited about the league as season 4 is about to kick-off. And I think we’ve been growing every season from where we started and where we are going this year. The Pune Jaguars is going to be the home team and it’s going to be at Balewadi Stadium. So, I’m really looking forward to the stadium being full and we have a very Puneri team I would say, because we have some Pune natives in our team.”

“So, I’m looking forward to all the supporters really filling the stadium and supporting us and supporting the team.” concluded Sonali.

The Gujarat Panthers were swift to complete their roster for the fourth season of the Tennis Premier League. They bought Ankita Raina for ₹5.50 lakh, who is the current India No.1 in Women’s Singles. The Gujarat Panthers also bought Divij Sharan for ₹4.55 lakh and is a winner of 5 ATP World Tour titles in Men’s Doubles and Manish Sureshkumar was bought for ₹2.60 lakh, he won the gold medal at the 2019 Khelo India Youth Games.

The newest team to take part in the Tennis Premier League, The Punjab Tigers left an impression on the other teams with their savvy business at the Auctions. The Taapsee Pannu co-owned team bought Uzbek Denis Istomin, who has won 2 ATP Tour Singles titles and a gold medal at Asian Games for the price of ₹4.55 lakh and also added Malek Jaziri, who has had a career high rank of World No. 42 and has represented Tunisia at the Olympics was signed by the Punjab Tigers for ₹ 4 lakh. The signing of Diana Marcinkevica completed the Punjab Tigers roster for season four of the Tennis Premier League as the Latvian was picked up for ₹ 3.60 lakh.

The TPL tees off at the magnificent Balewadi Stadium in Pune in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the All-India Tennis Association (AITA). The Innovative tennis league will run from the 7th of December 2022 till the 11th of December 2022 and the action will be telecast live on the SONY TEN 2 channels and the Sony LIV OTT platform.

TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

 

WOMEN

 

Country

Player name

Age

Auction price

Team

1

India

Ankita Raina

29

5.50 L

Gujarat Panthers

2

India

Karman Kaur Thandi

23

6.55 L

Bengaluru Spartans

3

India

Rutuja Bhosale

26

3.65 L

Pune Jaguars

4

Russia

Anastasia Gasanova

23

6.90 L

Chennai Stallions

5

Switzerland

Conny Perrin

31

4.10 L

Finecab Hyderabad Strikers

6

Latvia

Diana Marcinkevica

29

3.60 L

Punjab Tigers

7

Ukraine

Valeriya Strakhova

27

4.45 L

Mumbai Leon Army

8

India

Sowjanya Bavisetti

28

3.50 L

Delhi Binny’s Brigade

 

 

TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

 

 

 

MEN

1

Australia

Matthew Ebden

34

8.45 L

Delhi Binny’s Brigade

2

Tunisia

Malek Jaziri

38

4 L

Punjab Tigers

3

Ukraine

Illya Marchenko

34

4.55 L

Chennai Stallions

4

Uzbekistan

Denis Istomin

35

4.55 L

Punjab Tigers

5

India

Ramkumar Ramanathan

27

6.70 L

Mumbai Leon Army

6

India

Sriram Balaji

32

6.05 L

Finecab Hyderabad Strikers

7

India

Arjun Kadhe

28

6.7 L

Pune Jaguars

8

India

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan

33

2.6 L

Mumbai Leon Army

9

India

Divij Sharan

36

4.55 L

Gujarat Panthers

10

India

Vishnu Vardhan

34

4.55 L

Bengaluru Spartans

11

India

Sidharth Rawat

29

1.55 L

Bengaluru Spartans

12

India

Manish Sureshkumar

22

2.6 L

Gujarat Panthers

13

India

Niki Poonacha

27

2.6 L

Finecab Hyderabad Strikers

15

India

Vijay Sundar Prashanth

35

2.55 L

Pune Jaguars

16

India

Anirudh Chandrasekar

23

2.10 L

Chennai Stallions

17

India

Siddhant Banthia

21

1.5 L

Delhi Binny’s Brigade

TPL: 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Matthew Ebden, becomes the most expensive player at Tennis Premier League Season 4

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