Tennis Premier League 2019: Leander Paes' Mumbai franchise backs young talents in player auction

While the young players received an encouraging response, there was a tough battle between the teams for the top players of the country

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Indian tennis great and co-owner of Mumbai Leon Army, Leander Paes along coach Sukhwant Basra decided to go forward with a unique approach this season and backed youngsters for the second Tennis Premier League.

Paes and Basra decided to go ahead with youngsters Niki Poonacha and Aryan Goveas as they were picked at a price of ₹2.25 and ₹1.25 lakh respectively at the auction of Tennis Premier League which took place in Mumbai on October 13, Sunday.

Interestingly, Niki had previously triumphed against Aryan at the Fenesta Nationals last week. In the meantime, as the young players received an encouraging response, there was a tough battle between the teams for the top players of the country.

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In the men's category Saketh Myneni (Delhi Binny's Brigade), Somdev Devvarman (Gujarat Panthers), Vishnu Vardhan (Bengaluru Hawks), Jeevan Neduncherhiyan (Punjab Bulls) and Purav Raja (Pune Warriors) all fetched an identical prize of ₹2.25 lakh.

Whereas in the women's category, Ankita Raina (Delhi Binny's Brigade), Pranjala Yedlapalli (Punjab Bulls), Mahak Jain (Gujarat Panthers) and Rutuja Bhosale (Pune Warriors) were bought for Rs 1.5 lakh each, a media release said.

A total of eight teams with eight players will lock horns to emerge victorious in the second edition, which will be held between December 12 and 15.

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