With the auction for the inaugural tennis event to be held tomorrow, we give you a lowdown on the lucrative tennis tournament that will see players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andre Agassi and Serena Williams play across five cities, including Mumbai
World No 1 Rafael Nadal will be the hottest property in the auctions. Pics/AFP.
Men’s pool: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi etc.
Women’s pool: Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Martina Hingis, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic, Angelique Kerber, Samantha Stosur etc.
Past Champs: Patrick Rafter, Goran Ivanisevic, Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Michael Chang etc.
Indians in fray: Somdev Devvarman, Sania Mirza
70: Number of players, male and female, which will be part of the IPTL auction tomorrow
The Format: A best-of-five set encounter will decide matches between two franchises. Each set to be played in a different format — men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s legends. Sets will be shorter with a one-point decider at deuce and a tie-break at 5-5. It should all last about three hours.
Event Dates: The event will be played between Nov 28 and Dec 20.
Host Cities: Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok will be the five venues.
No Thanks: Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Roger Federer won’t be part of IPTL