The Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association (PMDTA) Friday announced the second edition of the Dial-a-Meal Junior Tennis, to begin from June 11 at the Pune Youth Club Hindu Gymkhana Tennis Courts on Bhandarkar Road.
The league, which has been touted as the first-of-its-kind in Pune, will see nine teams and approximately 118 players from various tennis academies in Pune battle it out for a grand prize of Rs 40,000.
Each team will feature players across the ages of 10 to 14 as well as 60 coaches from across Pune. “The first edition of the league was organised for the benefit of the city’s junior tennis players and yielded extremely positive results,” said Arun Sane, president of the PMDTA.
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“The league has provided them with an opportunity to display their skills as well as gain confidence and has also helped over 20 players from the city to obtain an all-India ranking in their age group,” he added. Prior to this tournament, there was also an auction where the various participating teams were allocated points and made to select players utilising these points as currency.
The junior players up for grabs in the auction were assigned values on the basis of their rankings. Gargi Pawar of Deadly Sharks, Bela Tamhankar of Flying Hawks, Manas Dhamne of Raging Bulls and Arjun Gohad of Rising Eagles emerged as the costliest players of the league at the players’ auction.
“The league where junior players from all academies and clubs were being clubbed together and then got into teams through auction process, will now be replicated in other cities in Maharashtra. The Mumbai leg of the JTL will be kicked off in July,” said Sunder Iyer, Hon. Secretary of PMDTA.