Multiple Grand Slam champion and former world no.1 Rafael Nadal will make his debut in Season 2 of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) scheduled from 2nd to 20th December 2015. As per a press release, Rafael Nadal was selected as the marquee player for Indian Aces, the league’s defending champions.
The path breaking, team-based and multi-nation tennis league has five teams in its second edition with the Japan Warriors joining the quartet of the Indian Aces, the UAE Royals, the Philippine Mavericks and the Singapore Slammers.
Season 2 of the IPTL will start on 2nd December in Japan and conclude with a grand finale at
Singapore’s Indoor Stadium on December 20th.
Nadal will have for company in the Indian Aces the hard hitting Frenchman Gael Monfils, Pole Agnieszka Radwanska and veteran Fabrice Santoro along with 2015 French Open doubles champion Ivan Dodig, and two of India’s doubles stars – women’s world no. 1 doubles champion Sania Mirza and
men’s world no. 10 doubles star Rohan Bopanna.
Nadal vs Federer
A major highlight in season two of the IPTL is a much anticipated encounter between long standing on-court rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who will turn out for the UAE Royals. Indian tennis fans will get to be a part of this marquee match-up when the Indian Aces face the UAE Royals in Delhi on the 12th of December.
This match-up will be a fans dream come true as it will showcase some of the best skills that these two legendary players have to offer. Fans will be treated to a classic encounter although this around it will be packaged in the IPTL format.
Mahesh Bhupathi, IPTL’s founder and Managing Director said,
“Season one of IPTL brought some of the world’s biggest tennis stars to cities in Asia for the very first time in an exciting new format. The reception shown by fans was a revelation. This year the event will be bigger. We have added a big market in Japan and with both Nadal and Nishikori playing, fans will be in for a thrilling three weeks. Indian sports lovers have a lot to look forward to in Delhi from the 10th to 12th of December.”
Gulshan Jhurani, co-owner Indian Aces said,
“The Indian Aces will fight hard to retain the title in the second edition of the IPTL and with Nadal leading the side, we are poised to do well. The team has an effective blend of power hitters, players with guile and finesse and some very effective doubles combinations. With such a terrific combination of tennis players, we are confident of retaining the IPTL crown.”
Much to Look Out For:
By also being able to recruit top stars like Serena Williams (playing for the Philippine Mavericks), world no.1 and current Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic (leading the Singapore Slammers) Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori (member of the all new Japan Warriors), fans across Asia will finally be able to see their favourite tennis stars up close and personal as the IPTL rocks up for a second edition