The International Premier Tennis League kicks off tomorrow with a new innovative structure and some huge names from the past and present starring, it is set to reinvigorate the sport.
Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are among those competing in the 16 day competition that will tour Singapore, Delhi, Dubai after the Philippines this weekend. The concept is similar to Cricket's Indian Premier League, with franchises set-up in a quick-fire tournament.
Micromax Indian Aces, Manila Mavericks, UAE Royals and Singapore Slammers make-up this year's franchises who will face each other in a series of different categories. Men's and Women's singles, Men's and mixed doubles and past champions' singles are featured in a five set match between the teams, with the order chosen by the home side.
- Teams are allowed to call for a power point once per set, this means the next point will be worth double.
- The coach can also call for a time-out once per set which gives both teams an extra 60 seconds to prepare.
- If the scores reach 5-5 in a set, a five minute shoot-out will take place.
- There is no advantage if the scores get to deuce. The winner of the next point wins the game.
- The team that wins the most games over the five sets win the match.
Andy Murray's Manila Mavericks will play Djokovic's UAE Royals after the Micromax Indian Aces face the Singapore Slammers in the opening set of fixtures.
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It will be the first time Murray has played since splitting with coaches Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green, although these matches are considered 'exhibitions' it will be interesting to see if the Scot makes any alterations in his game after suffering his worst defeat for seven years to Roger Federer at the ATP finals earlier this month.