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The International Premier Tennis League brings together current champions, tennis legends and upcoming talent in a format that’s never been seen before. Created to fulfill the increasing demand for top-level tennis in Asia, it’s the first city-based professional league in the world, played across four countries.

Over 80 players participated in the official draft held on 2ndMarch 2014 in Dubai, drawn by the League’s innovative and competitive format. A total of 28 players were added to the 4 franchise teams – The Philippines, Singapore, India and the UAE.

The IPTL matches are played between star-studded teams, featuring the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. The tournament will feature a total of 21 Grand Slam Champions and 14 current and former World Number Ones.

From 28th November to 13th December 2014, the teams will play a total of 24 matches in a round robin format to determine the inaugural IPTL League Champion. Modelled after successful sports franchise concepts, the IPTL combines world-class sports and entertainment in a format that keeps both, spectators and TV viewers completely engrossed.

Mahesh Bhupathi announced the founding of the International Premier Tennis League on 25 May 2013, in Paris. The initial plan was to start the league with six charter franchises in Asia with the inaugural season commencing in November 2014. Bhupathi said the league would be modeled after the Indian Premier League, a cricket league in India. Justin Gimelstob said that the league would be star-driven as World Team Tennis was in the 1970s.

On 21 January 2014, IPTL announced the locations of the six charter franchises for the league’s inaugural season. Five franchises would play their home matches in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and Singapore. A sixth franchise would play its home matches in an undisclosed city in the Middle East. There was confusion surrounding the announcement. Some media outlets reported that there would be five franchises, not six as had been previously announced, and did not include the Hong Kong franchise. Later news reports in February 2014, indicated that there would be five franchises including one based in Hong Kong but not one in the Middle East.

IPTL conducted its inaugural player draft on 2 March 2014. Right up until the day before the draft, the media remained under the impression that the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur franchises would participate in the league and that the Middle East franchise was doubtful. However, only four teams participated in the draft: Bangkok, Mumbai, Singapore and Middle East now referred to as the Dubai franchise. No mention was made by IPTL of the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur franchises which had abruptly disappeared.

By May 2014, the Dubai franchise was being referred to as the UAE Falcons, the Mumbai franchise was being referred to as the Indian Aces, and the Singapore franchise was being referred to as the Singapore Lions.

On 10 May 2014, IPTL announced that the Bangkok franchise would be moved to Manila, Philippines due to political unrest in Thailand.

On 19 June 2014, an IPTL press release revealed the owners of the four franchises to the general public. The owner of the Indian franchise, Micromax Informatics Ltd.proved to be the reason the team was no longer called the Mumbai franchise, because it preferred to have the team play its home matches in New Delhi. A group called PVP Ventures led by entrepreneur Prasad V Potluri (Telugu: ప్రసాద్ వి పొట్లూరి) and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had been the original franchise owners with a plan to play home matches in Mumbai. While league managing director Bhupathi said PVP Ventures had been replaced by Micromax, because PVP missed a payment deadline, PVP said it had withdrawn from the league due to lack of clarity over how IPTL’s business model was progressing and disagreements over player contracts. PVP did not want the team to be solely responsible for payment of player salaries and favored the league being obligated as well.

By June 2014, the Manila franchise had been named the Manila Mavericks, the Falcons had become the UAE Royals and the Lions had become the Singapore Slammers.

Source: IPTL


 

Format

All IPTL matches conform to the rules of tennis and code of conduct laid down by the International Tennis Federation. A match comprises five sets each of a different category as follows:

  • Men’s singles
  • Women’s singles
  • Men’s doubles
  • Mixed doubles
  • Past champions’ singles

The order of play is decided by the coach of the home team. If two teams are playing at a neutral site, then a coin toss determines which coach chooses the order of play. The first serve in the first set is determined by a coin toss. The team that served last in the last game or tiebreaker of the previous set will receive during the next set. During a final match tiebreaker, a coin toss decides who serves first.

Each team can call a power point once in each set when receiving serve, and the next point played will count double. Effectively, a player trailing 15–0 can directly get to 15–30 by winning the power point.

Games are played to four points using no-ad scoring. Each game won by a player or doubles team adds one point to the team’s score in the match. The team with the most points at the end of the five sets wins the match. Each set is won when a team is the first to reach six games won. If the score is five-games-all, a timed five-minute tiebreaker will be played. The player or doubles team leading at the end of five minutes wins the set.

If the team that wins the fifth set is leading the match, the match is over. If the score is tied after one team has won the fifth set, a timed seven-minute men’s singles super shoot-out is played. The result counts as a game point won. If the team that wins the fifth set is trailing in the match, the match will go to sudden-death overtime. If the leading team wins one game in overtime, it wins the match tie. If the trailing team wins enough games in overtime to tie the score without losing a game, a timed seven-minutte men’s singles super shoot-out is played to decide the winner of the match tie.

During IPTL matches, a shot clock keeps track of the countdown between points and change over. There will be a maximum of 20 seconds between each game point, and a maximum of three minutes between each set.

Each team can call for a coach’s time out once during each set. Each time out is limited to a maximum duration of 60 seconds.

A player who gets injured during a set cannot be replaced. The team secures the current game total but loses the set. In later sets, the injured player can be replaced by a substitute.

The team that wins a match tie has four points added to its total in the team standings. If the losing team accumulates at least 20 game points, it receives two points in the team standings. If the losing team accumulates at least 10 but less than 20 game points, it receives one point in the team standings. Losing teams that earn less than 10 game points do not receive any points in the team standings.

The team with the most points throughout the season is declared the IPTL champion. In the event that two or more teams share the highest points on the final tally, the criteria to decide the champion is

  1. Head-to-head results
  2. Number of games won
  3. Number of games lost
  4. Biggest games margin in any single match win
  5. Coin toss

The IPTL champions will receive the IPTL Challenge Trophy along with a grand prize of US$1,000,000.

 

Teams

  • Micromax Indian Aces

Player IPTL Category
Men
Switzerland Roger Federer Icon players
United States Pete Sampras Icon players
France Gaël Monfils Category B
France Fabrice Santoro Past champions
India Rohan Bopanna  Doubles players
Women
Serbia Ana Ivanovic  Category B
India Sania Mirza Category D
  • Singapore Slammers

Player IPTL Category
Men
United States Andre Agassi Icon players
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych Category A
Australia Lleyton Hewitt Category B
Australia Patrick Rafter Past champions
Brazil Bruno Soares Doubles players
Australia Nick Kyrgios Uncategorized
Women
United States Serena Williams Icon players
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Category C
  • UAE Royals

Player IPTL Category
Men
Serbia Novak Djokovic  Icon players
Croatia Marin Čilić Category D
Croatia Goran Ivanišević Past champions
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić  Doubles players
Tunisia Malek Jaziri  Uncategorized
Women
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Icon players
France Kristina Mladenovic Category C
  • Manila Mavericks

Player IPTL Category
Men
United Kingdom Andy Murray Icon players
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Category A
Spain Carlos Moyá Past champions
Canada Daniel Nestor  Doubles players
Women
Russia Maria Sharapova Icon players
Belgium Kirsten Flipkens Category D

 


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