Ana Ivanovic becomes air hostess to IPTL pros

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As a top athlete, you might expect to be waited on hand and foot by the cabin crew on whichever flight you're on. However, Ana Ivanovic has turned the tables on a recent flight to Singapore.

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is in full flow and its shown fans another side to the sport - a less serious, more pantomime side - but Ivanovic may have gone a bit too far.

While many of her fellow pros were making the trip from Manila to Singapore for the IPTL's next round, the 27-year-old decided to make sure their flight was as comfortable and safe as possible as she fulfilled the duties of an air hostess.


Firstly, and most importantly, she took the players through the obligatory safety procedures. The Grand Slam winning likes of Serena Williams, Lleyton Hewit, Marin Cilic were told by Ivanovic how to use their oxygen masks, shown where the emergency exits are and informed what to do in an emergency. 

Once the necessary stuff was done, the former world no.1 made sure everybody had their drinks topped-up. Of course with such a big tournament in progress, members of all the teams - excluding the Manila Mavericks - were sticking to the fruit juices. We wouldn't want things getting messy at such a high altitude, would we now?


Perhaps Ivanovic could have given her own team, the Indian Aces, an edge by spiking some of her opponents. Her team are unbeaten at the moment, but they will face the likes of Serena, Hewitt, Tomas Berdych and Daniela Hantuchova - all of whom were pictued on the flight - in a match against their Singapore Slammers team. Legends Andre Agassi and Patrick Rafter will also feature.

To those of you unfamiliar with the IPTL; it is a tournament which the founders hope will revolutionize the sport. Four teams take part and each have an array of tennis talent, young and old.


Matches consist of five sets. However, each set is played out in a different format of different players. Of the five sets there is a men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, mixed doubles and legend doubles. The matches aren't decided on sets won, like they are in proper tennis, rather they just add up the points won to make a cumulative score. 

Other new features include a shot clock to aid quick play - although Maria Sharapova, teammate of Andy Murray for the Manila Mavericks, has hit out at the ticking clock. There are no tie-breakers, no advantage after deuce and the sets are first to six.

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