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With a lavish opening ceremony, the fifth season of the Pro Tennis League promises to be even bigger and better

<p>The Harven Pro Tennis League (PTL) will start its fifth season on December 7 at New Delhi’s RK Khanna Stadium. The league features singles and doubles matches in a team style, bringing together the top men’s, women’s, junior, and senior players in the nation. Prominent players including ATP Top 100 Doubles player Anirudh Chandrasekar, Olympian Vishnu Vardhan, Arjun Kadhe, Nitin Kumar Sinha, Siddhant Banthia, Rithvik Bollipalli, and Fenesta Nationals 2023 Runner-Up Karan Singh are among those participating in the competition, which ends on December 10. In the meanwhile, prominent athletes including Vaishnavi Adkar, Soha Sadiq, Jennifer Luikham, Kashish Bhatia, Sharmada Balu, and Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi compete in the women’s division, along with Indian competitors Sahaja Yamalapalli and Sowjanya Bavisetti.</p>
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<p>Eight teams are split into two groups for the two-leg Harven PTL season five, with the top two teams from each group moving on to the semi-finals. Group A is made up of the reigning champion Gurgaon Sapphires, Indraprastha Warriors, Ichiban Samurai, and Mumbai Acers. Group B was assigned to the champions of the initial season, Sankara Stag Babolat Yoddhas, DMG Delhi Crusaders, Lucknow Aviators, and Paramount Proec Tigers, the runners-up from the previous season.</p>
<p>At the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) in the capital on Thursday, the season will begin with two matches on neighboring courts: DMG Delhi Crusaders vs Lucknow Aviators and Sankara Stag Babolat Yoddhas versus Paramount Proec Tigers. Mumbai Acers will take against the recently announced Ichiban Samurai in an evening matchup with Indraprastha Warriors and Gurgaon Sapphires.</p>
<p>Dr. Anil Jain, President of the All India Tennis Association (AITA), was present at the Harven PTL Season 5 opening ceremony, which was held on Thursday before the first game.</p>
<p>PTL co-founder Aditya Khanna said during the press conference, “For me, any sport is not about the sport but also about the environment which is created around it,” in reference to the forthcoming season. This year, we enhanced our social media presence, added a culinary festival, and built a fan park. We have partnerships with fifty Delhi academies to draw spectators to the stadium. There are hoardings everywhere, even outside the stadium. We have partnerships with sports outlets such as Sportzworkz, so they will also broadcast the competition on their YouTube channel. To enhance the watching experience, Saarthak Lal, a pundit from Sony, will be providing live commentary.</p>
<p>In order to encourage people to come to watch tennis and have a nice time with their families, he said, “it is not just about the tennis but also about creating a festive environment.”</p>
<p>The players agreed that the league is a great way to have fun over the last few games of the season and gives them a chance to work out with their teammates.</p>
<p>“I thought it was a good idea for all the guys to come together and practice together… We don’t really see one other much since we spend the whole year away at competitions. Even when we cross paths, it’s just on the ITFs, and we simply go on with our lives. However, this is about uniting, diverting our attention from certain issues, and picking up tips from other participants,” said Sahaja Yamalapalli, whom the Acers acquired for 44 lakh fantasy points at the auction.</p>
<p>When comparing the first season to the forthcoming one, Indian Olympian Vishnu Vardhan remembers the previous one. “The first league was more of a home run league. It has undoubtedly expanded. The fact that it has been sustained is the finest part. The league’s expansion is undoubtedly the goal, but sustainability is just as vital. The owners’ backing of the athletes and their intense enthusiasm for the sport are what matter most. It’s a fantastic platform for gamers of all ages to come on and participate, so I hope they keep doing that. Playing in this competition is undoubtedly a lot of pleasure for me,” he said.</p>

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