Coca-Cola IPTL off to an Ace start in Dubai. Micromax Indian Aces win 25-18 over Legendari Japan Warriors. Report courtesy a press release from IPTL.
With all team flags flying at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League 2015 made a glorious return to Dubai. The outdoor venue and the cool winter breeze just perfect after three indoor arenas in the previous stages at Kobe, Manila and Delhi. With Bernard Tomic joining the team, the Micromax Indian Aces walked onto to court with a confident swagger, confident with 6 wins out of 7 matches played, but more so because they won their title last year right here in Dubai! The Legendari Japan Warriors on the other, hungry for wins, with Herbert in great form. Ultimately, the Aces got the better of the evening, winning the match 25-18.
- In the mixed doubles, Mirza/Bopanna struggled a bit against the first-time pairing of Flipkens/Hebert who won the set 6-4, clearly Herbert enjoying great run of form
- Women’s singles saw Radwanska walking away with the set 6-1 in quick time against Lucic-Baroni
- Magician Santoro won his set 6-0 in 20 short minutes against Enqvist who struggled to earn a single point this evening
- Bopanna/Dodig put up a great fight in the men’s doubles against Kohlschreiber/Paes, the set going down to the wire with both sides not wanting to give up. Ultimately the Aces won it in the shootout, taking it away at 6-5
- Making his IPTL debut, Bernard Tomic came in for the singles for the Aces, but taking time to find his rhythm in the fast-paced format of the IPTL. Kohlschreiber winning it 6-3 for the Warriors.
What the Players said:
Bernard Tomic: “I’m really happy to be here in the IPTL, my first time here. The team is great, I’m looking forward to playing with them all through till the end of the league. It’s a great format, very fast paced. I’m looking for to getting some good match practise in the off season, and getting started for the year ahead.”
Fabrice Santoro: “We were sure of bringing in Bernard last out in the match to give him a bit more time to get used to the format and the atmosphere. He took a little time to find his rhythm, but we are sure he will get used to it very soon. It’s great to have him join the team.” On the secret to his great form, he added, “there’s no secret, I just do what I do … which is play tennis with a smile. I enjoy holding the racquet, hitting ball. At 43, this format is the perfect for me. It’s thirty minutes, and I like that. I wouldn’t be able to play out a full 2-hours match, for sure!” On the success formula of the Aces, he said “It’s a good team, we bond really well, spend as much time together as we can, we train together, eat together. And that is what helps us play so well.”
Day 1 | 14th Dec’15
Match 19 | 4pm
|Home Team||SCORE (GAMES)||Away Team|
|Micromax Indian Aces
Coach: Fabrice Santoro
|25||18||Legendari Japan Warriors
Coach: Josh Eagle
|WOMEN’S SINGLES||Agnieszka Radwanska||6||1||Mirjana Lucic-Baroni|
|MEN’S LEGENDS SINGLES||Fabrice Santoro||6||0||Thomas Enqvist|
|MEN’S SINGLES||Bernard Tomic||3||6||Philipp Kohlschreiber|
- This article is courtesy a media release from IPTL.
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