IPTL Franchise Singapore take on UAE Royals, Team Manila and the Indian Aces at SIS

IPTL franchise announces its participating players, team owners and event details to the local media.

August 05, 2014 12:22 IST | India Infoline News Service
In the latest of a series of international press and media announcements culminating in Tennis’ newest spectacle, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) and the team owners of the Singapore Slammers, the Singapore based IPTL franchise, announced its participating players, team owners and event details to the local media.

Hosted at the prestigious Shangri La Hotel, the Singapore Indoor Stadium was also unveiled to play host to the IPTL from 2-4 December 2014.

“I Congratulate the IPTL for being able to conceptualise such a unique sports format and we from the Singapore Tennis Federation are proud to partner with the organizers to make this event a great success for all the sports fans in Singapore. After the WTA Tour finals, this will be the second major professional tennis event to grace the city in 2014 and we are proud to become a part of the word tennis calendar.

The Singapore Indoor Stadium with its over 12,000 spectator seating capacity has a tradition to host major entertainment and sporting events and will be the ideal venue for the IPTL” said Greg Tan, Vice President of the Singapore Tennis Association at the official launch press conference of the Singapore Slammers. “To have the best players in the world competing in this unique team tennis competition will only encourage more players to take up tennis and help develop the sport in Singapore. Unfortunately we don’t have a local player yet to compete at this level but our promising youth development programs might in the future bear a true Singaporean tennis champion to play for the Singapore Slammers in the IPTL. I would like to thank the IPTL for bringing the event to Singapore and happily extend our full support to the team owners and the organizers of the IPTL”.

The IPTL is a new team tennis competition featuring the best current and former ATP and WTA players across 4 selected cities in Asia (Manila, Singapore, Delhi, and Dubai) from 28 November until 13 December 2014.

“It is time for innovation in tennis, we hope the fanfare IPL has brought to cricket, the IPTL will bring for tennis” states Mahesh Bhupathi, founder of the IPTL. Mahesh, himself a winner of 53 ATP Tour titles including of 12 Doubles and Mixed Doubles Grand Slams continues that “the IPTL format will be very attractive to broadcasters and fans alike. We have changed the traditional scoring format to single-set no-add scoring which will speed up the games and allows us to expose the fans to up to 24 different players in one evening while the broadcasters for the first time will be able to schedule predictable start and finish times of each match. Each match will consist of 5 sets played by different players (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and former Champions singles) and each game won counts as one point for the team points total and the team that wins the most games overall across the five sets wins the match.”

Mahesh added “fans will see players calling for “time outs” in the middle of a game, announcing a “power point” and play a “shoot out” to decide the winners of each match while live entertainment, a running shot clock and many more features will “Break the Code” of the traditional etiquette of tennis to attract a new audience to the sport”

The IPTL will feature 4 teams in the inaugural season before adding additional franchises to the calendar with the Singapore “Slammers” competing against the UAE “Royals”, Team Manila and the Indian “Aces” for the total prize money of USD 1.0mio.

The Singapore Team owners, a group of tennis enthusiastic business men consisting of Indian cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, Shashi Kiran Shetty, Ajay Sethi and Kishan Gehlot, attended the press conference to present their “Slammers” marquee player Serena Williams and Andre Agassi and their team mates Thomas Berdych, Daniela Hantuchova, Bruno Soares and the Australian stand-outs Lleyton Hewitt, Patrick Rafter and upcoming Nick Kyrgios.

The Owners agree that the IPTL format is a revolutionary concept that will potentially change tennis forever. The league brings together the most iconic players of the game and locks them into nail biting contests which will surely develop a tennis culture in nations that may not have had a huge tennis heritage, but already boost a large interest and fan base.
The Singapore “Slammers” will launch key local activities over the coming weeks to promote the event while tickets will go on sale as early as 15 August 2014. “We are in the game of promoting the sport and bringing NBA style entertainment into a tennis event and while traditional tennis fans will be able to see the best players up close in a serious competition.

Our audiences are tennis fans, families and young adults which will also be reflected in a sensitive pricing strategy for the online tickets” explains Vikas Gehlot, CEO of the “Slammers” “tickets will go on sale on15 August 2014 through the traditional ticket outlets of the SIS with different seating options available ranging from 3 days passes, general admission and court side seats including of premium seating, valet parking and several food and beverage options. Each ticket will entitle the holder to watch both daily matches which will start around 4:00pm and 7:30pm local time each day”

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