Mumbai: Three leading junior tennis players of the country—Arjun Kadhe, Prarthana Thombare and Rutuja Bhosale—will be sent by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) for a five-week-long intensive training programme in Spain.

The players would be trained under the guidance of top coaches Altur and Alvareno at the Tennis Val Academy at Valencia, a media release from MSLTA said on Friday.

The academy is home to top European players like Marat Safin, Dinara Safina and David Ferer.

The trio would be accompanied by MSLTA's chief coach Manoj Vaidya.

"This is the fourth year we are sending our players to Europe for training," MSLTA's life vice-president Anand Tulpule, said.

"Our emphasis on sending players for advanced training has paid off with all our players currently ranked No. 1 in the country and also in the top 150 in the world," he added.

MSLTA treasurer Sunder Iyer said, this year, along with the trio, another Maharashtra player, Rakshay Thakkar, is to play in the US Open juniors in September and the Association would sponsor their participation in the Junior Grand Slam event.

While Arjun and Prarthana would play in Tunisia and then go for training in Europe, and from there to the US Open, Rutuja would be playing tournaments in Tunisia and Istanbul.

MSLTA is also planning to bring foreign coaches to major cities in Maharashtra in October to access the talent and help players in the state, according to Tulpule.

(Agencies)