New Delhi: The Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) is all set to witness the likes Vishnu Vardhan and Yuki Bhambri battle it out in the 17th edition of the National Tennis Championship to be held from October 10 to 22.
Apart from Vishnu Vardhan and Yuki, the field will also have other talented and upcoming players in N Vijay Sunder Prashanth, V M Ranjeet, PC Vignesh, etc.
In the women`s category, Prerna Bhambri and Rushmi Chakravarthy will lead the campaign.
This year the prize money for the winner and runner-up has been increased in both the men and women categories. While the men`s champion will bag Rs 1.50 lakh, the winner in the ladies section will pocket Rs 1 lakh. This is the highest prize money in the domestic circuit.
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza will also grace the occasion as the chief guest on the final day of the event.
Over the years, this tournament has seen some of India`s most prominent names in the tennis circuit – Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Karan Rastogi, Prahlad Shrinath, Syed Fazaluddin, Vinod Shridhar, Vishal Uppal, Vijay Kanan, Asif Ismail, Amanjot Singh, Nitin Kirtane, Sai Jayalakshmi, Sonal Phadke, Radhika Tulpule, Lisa Pereira, Isha Lakhani and Ankita and Sanaa Bhambri -- take to the courts at the DLTA.
Some of the top AITA ranked players to participate are:
Men: Vishnu Vardhan (AP), Yuki Bhambri (DL), N Vijay Sunder Prashanth (TN), V M Ranjeet (TN), P C Vignesh (AP), Nitten Kirrtane (MH).
Women: Prerna Bhambri (DL), Sharmada Balu (KA), Rushmi Chakravarthy (TN), Rishika Sunkara (DL), Sheethal Goutham (KA), Shivika Burman (WB).