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Slammers to take on UAE Royals, Team Manila and the Indian Aces from 2-4 December 2014 at the SIS.

August 05, 2014 4:42 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 as the venue for the prestigious event from 2-4 December 2014. “I congratulate the IPTL for being able to conceptualize 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 of hosting major sports and entertainment 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. With our promising youth development programs, we are confident that in the future a true Singaporean tennis champion will soon emerge to compete at this level and 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, 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 allow 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!”
Stated co-owner, Vikas Gehlot, “The vibrancy of the city and passion of the Singaporean people for sport, especially tennis, makes it a great place to have the best players in the world on feature in a new and exciting format. With world class facilities and entertainment, we look forward to putting on a spectacle to remember in our efforts to create the Singapore Slammers into a franchise the people can get behind and be proud to support.”

Former cricket legend and Singapore Slammers co-owner, Sunil Gavaskar, “The IPTL is a great idea and with the best tennis players in the world taking part, it should be a wonderfully entertaining experience for tennis lovers. Singapore has always been a sports loving nation and it is therefore an honour and pleasure to be a co owner of the Singapore franchise 'the Singapore Slammers'. I am sure tennis lovers will be in for a feast of top class tennis and the Singapore tennis fans will come out in huge numbers to support their team.”
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 Tomas 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 boast 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 20th August 2014. “We are in the game of promoting the sport and bringing NBA-style entertainment into a tennis event. 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 on 20th August 2014 through the traditional ticket outlets of the SIS www.sportshub.com.sg with different seating options available ranging from 3 days passes, general admission and court-side seats including 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,” Gehlot added.

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