United States of America
Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 19 in singles as of September 8, 2014. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first American black woman to achieve this feat during the Open Era. She is credited as changing the women's game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour. She is also regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and she is widely considered as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis.
22 Grand Slams
4 Olympic Golds
209.2 Kph Fastest Serve
Thomas Karl Johan Enqvist (born 13 March 1974 in Stockholm) is a former professional tennis player from Sweden. He was quickly touted as the only Swede who could follow in the footsteps of Björn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, and was ranked as high as World No. 4 (which he attained in 1999) in the ATP Rankings, reaching the final of the Australian Open the same year.
In 1998 he underwent surgery in Stockholm to remove a small piece of bone from his right foot and had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a repetitive strain injury. Despite his surgeries, Enqvist posted some impressive victories, including wins over Pete Sampras, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Andy Roddick.
Highest Rank: 4
Ramakumar Ramanathan (born 8 November 1994) is a professional Indian tennis player. He hit the headlines in 2014 when he qualified for the main draw of the 2014 Aircel Chennai Open and beat the Indian No.1 Somdev Devvarman in the first round.
4 ITF Single TItles
Feliciano López Díaz-Guerra (born 20 September 1981) is a Spanish professional male tennis player. He was born in Toledo and now lives in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Lopez achieved his career-high singles ranking of World No. 14 in October 2014.
In 2005, he was the first male Spanish tennis player to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon since 1972, when Manuel Orantes reached the semi-finals. He repeated the feat in 2008 and 2011.
Throughout his career, he has played in the most 5 set matches that have gone beyond 6–6, his longest fifth set being 16–14 at the 2009 Australian Open against Gilles Müller.
1 Grand Slam
Grass Court Advantage
Meet The Owners
Having lived in India, China, Malaysia, Singapore and a majority of his life in the USA, Mittu Chandilya has always been an athlete and competitor and started his professional career in a successful entrepreneurial venture at the age of 19. Battle-tested through various regional and global leadership roles in a large Multi-national and then a consulting firm, Mittu's strengths have always been Merger & Acquisition, Marketing & Branding, People leadership and P&L Management. Mittu is currently the Chief Executive officer for India for one of the world's largest Airlines and in 2013 became one of the world's youngest CEOs in Aviation in the same company. Mittu is deeply passionate about sports and sports management & would aim to make Bangalore Raptors one of the best known professional Tennis franchises in the world. Mittu is actively involved in community service and has a foundation called Mittu Chandilya Foundation (www.mittuchandilya.org).
Inga was born and raised in Estonia. An avid sports and fitness enthusiast, Inga spent most of her professional career in key finance roles and most recently the CFO of the Asia region for a global FMGC Company. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, USA, Malaysia, Singapore and now India, Inga is global in her approach and local in her views. Inga is actively leading the Bangalore Raptors to ensure hers and her Husband's dream of making Bangalore Raptors the best known professional Tennis franchises in the world.
About The Team
Bengaluru’s newest professional sports franchise is 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.
Sharing his plans for Bangalore Raptors, Mittu Chandilya, said, “This is the first sports venture that my wife Inga and I are getting together as co-owners, the team is like our fourth child. We have put in a lot of thought in choosing the team colours, designing the logo and jersey. Blood Red and Midnight Black, signify the ferocity of the Velociraptors, our team and the vibrant nature of the game. The three claw scratches in the logo symbolize our three sons, who are growing up to love the game of tennis.”
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 said, “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.”