Aelian Gunawardene (centre), MD of JAT Holdings presenting the sponsorship cheque to Asanga Seneviratne (right) Asiri Iddamalgoda is on the left

It will be another Premier League in Sri Lanka. This time it is the Sri Lanka Premier Tennis League based on the popular International Premier Tennis League. This tournament will be held at the Queen’s Club courts from June 30 to July 3.

The prestigious Queen’s Club of Colombo has undertaken to organise this tournament.  The club has received the backing of JAT Holdings as the sponsor of the tournament.
The teams that will contest the tournament are: SLT Tuskers, Cargills Eagles, NSB Jaguars and Crown Sharks.

JAT Holdings has made a commitment to be the title sponsor for the event while Sri Lanka Telecom, Cargills, National Savings Bank and Crown Paints will sponsor the respective teams at this inaugural tournament.

This tournament offers players a platform to enhance skills and also encourages more youth to take up the sport.

“It has always given JAT great pleasure in nurturing and supporting the development of sportsmen and women who can successfully appear in world sporting arenas,” said Aelian Gunawardene, Managing Director of JAT Holdings.

Some of the top Sri Lankan players expected to take part are Dineshkanthan Thangarajah, Amritha Muttiah, Nethmi Waduge, Yasitha de Silva, Nishangan Nadaraja, Sankha Athukorala, Anika Seneviratne, Hasindhi Lokuge to name a few.

Some of the tennis greats of yesteryear who will be see in action are Arjun Fernando, Jayendra Wijeyesekera, Chammika de Silva and Aasiri Iddamalgoda. This clash of stamina versus proficiency is certain to produce a keen contest.

Games will be played in a round robin format where the top two teams will face off in the final on July 3. Each team will consist of a manager, a captain, a men’s player, 2 women players, 2 veteran players, a corporate player while a tie will consist of five sets, a men’s singles set, a women’s singles set, an open doubles set, a junior boy’s singles set and a veteran doubles set. The unique feature of this tournament is the change from tennis’ traditional scoring format to single set no-add scoring, which will speed up the ties.

“This is a great prospect to bring the whole tennis community together and give our young players and also the fans an exciting opportunity to witness something incredible,” said Asanga Seneviratna, the tennis convener of Queen’s Club.