Mumbai, October 21, 2014: Mittu Chandilya, CEO, AirAsia India today scored a match point as he announced the Name and Logo for his Champions Tennis League team. Bought in his personal capacity, Mittu recently acquired the Champions Tennis League franchise for Bangalore, the city which is also home to him and the airlines. Champions Tennis League is India’s first international tennis league owned by Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj.
Bengaluru’s newest professional sports franchise will be called the ‘Bangalore Raptors’. It is the first time a professional sports league team has globally crowd-sourced their name, from online and offline platforms. ‘Bangalore Raptors’ unanimously emerged as the winning name! The Chandilyas liked the concept of being fierce, quick and smart. Inspired by one of the world’s most famous dinosaurs, the name defines the essence and DNA of the team. With smart picks from the player draft, ‘Bangalore Raptors’ is a great combination of international experience and Indian talent – Venus Williams, Feliciano Lopez, Thomas Enqvist and Ramkumar Ramanathan, as part of the team.
Expressing his excitement on the newly acquired tennis franchise, Mittu Chandilya said, ‘Bangalore Raptors’ is born. This is the first sports venture that my wife Inga and I are getting together as co-owners, and the team is like our fourth child. We are mighty excited to unveil the name and logo, as we put a lot of thought into creating a memorable name and logo. The three claw scratches in the logo symbolize our three sons, who are growing up to love the game of tennis. The claw slashes also represent the sharp tennis strokes. Colours of the logo, Blood Red and Midnight Black, signify the ferocity of the Velociraptors, our team and the vibrant nature of the game.”
A former tennis player himself, Mittu trained under the legendary Ramesh Krishnan. “It is a proud moment to gift the vibrant city of Bangalore its own Tennis League team. Our fellow Bangaloreans can expect fireworks, entertainment, fun and all-round energy from the Bangalore Raptors”, he added.
Speaking on behalf of Champions Tennis League, Vijay Amritraj says, “We at CTL are delighted to welcome Mittu & Inga Chandilya’sBangalore Raptors. Bangalore has a rich history of tennis, and the Raptors with their strong team will give the city’s fans a lot to cheer about.”
Champions Tennis League makes its debut on Indian tennis turf on November 15, 2014. The league promises the game lovers some phenomenal matches between the world’s best tennis players. Bangalore Raptors will play matches on November 17th, 20th, 21st and 24th.
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