After the grand success of the Champions Tennis League, the International Premier Tennis League kicked off in Manila on Friday. In the opening game of the tournament, the Micromax Indian Aces began their IPTL campaign with a big win over DBS Singapore Slammers. The final score read 26-16 with Fabrice Santoro, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Gael Monfils and Ana Ivanovic starring for the Aces. The league has got off to a flyer as more than 12000 fans witnessed the opening game live in Manila. Here’s a press release on the same:
Micromax Indian Aces make dream start
Manila, 28th November 2014: The much awaited Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways got off to a flying start with the Micromax Indian Aces notching an impressive first victory under its belt.
Micromax Indian Aces Player-coach Fabrice Santoro won the toss and elected to serve
The evening started with mixed-doubles match of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza (Aces) against the Slammers pairing of Bruno Soares and Daniela Hantuchova, after being broken early, Soares and Hantuchova broke back but the clever shot-making of Bopanna and Mirza ultimately won the first set 6-4.
Past champions singles followed, with Fabrice Santoro (Aces) playing against Australian legend Patrick Rafter (Slammers) giving the crowds the league’s first shootout at 5-5 in the set, which Santoro took with aplomb to lead 2 sets to love.
-Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios, Ana Ivanovic and Gael Monfils showed their class by taking the last 3 sets with relative ease, but ultimately giving the Micromax Indian Aces a terrific win over the DBS Singapore Slammers, winning 26 games to 16.
What the Players said:
“The crowd was amazing, they were really into the match,” said Ana Ivanovic basking in the glory of her team’s victory. “It was great to see and made the match more exciting. I’m really happy to spend time with all of the players on the team bench. The team spirit is great, we laugh a lot and make jokes and really support each other during points. It’s very interesting to get into the team spirit because we don’t get it that much in tennis because we are always traveling,” Ivanovic added, smiling. “It was a great match and also fun format.”