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TPL 2022: Full list of players bought at Tennis Premier League auction with price: Ebden most expensive buy

Mumbai, Sept. 28: 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.

Matthew Ebden, who is the 2022 Wimbledon Men's Doubles Champion, was bought 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.

In addition to Ebden, Delhi picked up Sowjanya Bavisetti, an Indian tennis player who won two gold and one 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 Strikers picked up at the auction was Niki Poonacha, who is two-time National Tennis Champion and was picked up for ₹ 2.60 lakh.

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.

Following the auction, the Indian tennis icon opened up on the impact of the Tennis Premier League. "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," said Paes.

Paes 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 six singles titles and three 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 TPL. They secured the prodigious Indian women tennis player, Karman Kaur Thandi for ₹6.55 lakh. Karman who was prolific in season three of the 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.

Speaking about the impact of the league, Sania Mirza, the brand ambassador of the Bengaluru Spartans, 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," said the stalwart of India tennis.

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 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 three 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.

Following the action Sonali Bendre Behl 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 league. They bought Ankita Raina for ₹5.50 lakh, who is the current India No. 1 in Women's Singles. The Panthers also bought Divij Sharan for ₹4.55 lakh and is a winner of five ATP World Tour titles in men's doubles and Manish Sureshkumar was bought for ₹2.60 lakh. He won 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 TPL auctions. The Taapsee Pannu co-owned team bought Uzbek Denis Istomin, who has won two 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. The Tigers signed him for ₹ 4 lakh. The signing of Diana Marcinkevica completed the 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 tennis league will run from December 7th, 2022 till Dec. 11th. The league will be telecast live on the SONY TEN 2 channels and the Sony LIV OTT platform.

Here, mykhel brings you the full list of the players bought at the TPL auction:

Gujarat Panthers:

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Divij Sharan India 4.55L
Ankita Raina India 5.50L
Manish Sureshkumar India 2.60L

Bengaluru Spartans

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Vishnu Vardhan India 4.55L
Karman Kaur Thandi India 6.55L
Siddharth Rawat India 1.55L

Pune Jaguars

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Arjun Kadhe Jeevan India 6.7L
Rujuta Bhosale India 3.65L
Vijay Sundar Prashanth India 2.55L

Chennai Stallions

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Illya Marchenko Tunisia 4L
Anastasia Gasanova Russia 6.90L
Anirudh Chandrasekar India 2.10L

Finecab Hyderabad Strikers

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Sriram Balaji India 6.05L
Conny Perrin Switzerland 4.10L
Niki Poonacha India 2.6L

Punjab Tigers

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Malek Jaziri Tunisia 4L
Denis Istomin Uzbekistan 4.55L
Diana Marcinkevica Latvia 3.60L

Mumbai Leon Army

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Ramkumar Ramanathan India 6.70L
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan India 2.6L
Valeriya Strakhova Ukraine 4.45L

Delhi Binny's Brigade

Player Country Auction Price (in INR)
Matthew Ebden Australia 8.45L
Sowjanya Bacisetti India 3.50L
Siddhant Banthia India 1.5L
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Story first published: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 22:17 [IST]
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