Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj says he persuaded players like Martina Hingis and Venus Williams to see "My India through my eyes" in order to get them play in the country as part of the upcoming Champions Tennis League. The inaugural edition of the CTL will be played from November 17-26 across six Indian cities of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh, where individual franchises will be based.
"All big players in tennis make a lot of money and that is why they play in different tournaments throughout the world. However, there should be something more than money for them to come to India. I sent the players (the likes of David Ferrer, Agnieszka Radwanska, Hingis, Pat Cash and Juan Carlos Ferrero) a two-minute video telling them about the wonderful hospitality they would receive in India," said Amritraj in an exclusive interview to sports.ndtv.com. The CTL will also give opportunity to Indian juniors to be part of this high-profile league. (Also read: Dear India, Back Desi Sports Talent, Not Just a Bunch of Foreign Celebrities)
Amritraj said the players showed a lot of interest after looking at the video. "This is how I somewhere struck a chord with them. I told them to come and see my India through my eyes."