The roster: 28 players, 24 matches, 21 Grand Slam Champions, 14 current and former World Number Ones, 4 franchise teams, and a whole new set of rules. Current HEAD players Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Marin Čilić, and Tomáš Berdych as well as tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic are among the players making up the roster for the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) presented by Qatar Airways, a revolutionary new professional team-based tennis league in the world kicking off today, November 28th.
Played across four countries, the Coca-Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways is modeled after successful sports franchise concepts and combines world-class sports and entertainment in a new format. The four franchise teams – named the Manila Mavericks, DBS Singapore Slammers, Micromax Indian Aces and UAE Royals – will play a total of 24 matches in a round robin format to determine the inaugural IPTL Champion.
Due to several innovations made to the traditional tennis rules, the league promises to show the world the top sport in a new light and allows fans to experience up to 24 different world-class players in one evening. Following the new single-set no-ad scoring, which speeds up the game, the competing teams will play five sets comprising of a men’s single, a women’s single, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and former Champions singles to determine the match’s winner. Time outs, Happiness power points, shoot-outs, a running shot clock and Hawk-Eye live entertainment will make the new IPTL a completely new experience.
With HEAD acting as the Official Ball Sponsor, and Chris Sports as official stringer, the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways will kick off in Manila, Philippines (November 28-30), move to Singapore (December 2-4) and New Delhi, India (December 6-8), and conclude in Dubai, UAE (December 11-13). For more information on the IPTL please go to www.iptlworld.com.
Venue of matches is at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
We love you ANDY and MARIAAAAAA!!! Good luck and have fun in all your friendly matches here in Manila… ☺♥☺