Bhupathi's 'revolutionary' IPTL set for 2014 launch

May 26, 2013, 01:58 IST | AFP

India's 12-time Grand Slam doubles champion Mahesh Bhupathi lifted the lid on his plans for an International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), that is scheduled to stage its inaugural season at the end of 2014 in Paris, on Friday.

Branded by world number one Novak Djokovic as potentially “revolutionary”, Bhupathi’s vision is for an elite competition that would feature the world’s best players participating for six, as of yet unspecified, franchises dotted throughout Asia.

“Bringing the concept of entertainment to tennis is what I think we’re doing here,” said Bhupathi at a presentation in the French capital. “Six years ago the IPL was launched (in India) and it has become a rousing success.” 

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