Hindi film actress Aditi Rao Hydari has entered the club of celebrity sports entrepreneurs. The Bollywood actress has acquired a stake in the Tennis Premier League team Chennai Stallions.
“TPL is a great initiative with the intention to make sure that tennis reaches every home. When I watched videos of talented young players along with the finest wheelchair players of our country play in their first season of this league, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” Aditi Rao said while confirming the development.
The actress also revealed her personal connect with tennis and sports. “My father used to play tennis and he always wanted me to train and play the sport but I chose to be a sprinter and a dancer throughout school. This is my way of remembering him and doing my best for the sport. I really respect and love the spirit and discipline of a sportsperson. It will be exciting to see players like Ankita, Saketh, Jeevan, and Purav amongst many other young players to be playing in this league. They have all represented India and played Grand Slams. To have a former national champ and ex-Davis Cup coach Nandan Bal mentoring my team, Chennai Stallions is reassuring and makes me happy.”
The league last year had drafted in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as a celebrity face for its inaugural year.
The Tennis Premier League, launched by Kunal Thakkur Tennis & Fitness Academy, is backed by Leander Paes as the brand ambassador.
The second season of the league will feature eight teams – Bengaluru Hawks, Chennai Stallions, Delhi Binny’s Brigade, Finecab Hyderabad Strikers, Gujarat Panthers, Mumbai Leon Army, Pune Warriors and Punjab Bulls.