SERENA WILLIAMS TO LEAD MANILA MAVERICKS IN IPTL 2015
Tsonga, Gasquet, Philippousis, Lisicki, Coric join Treat Huey
JAPAN WARRIORS is 5th team inSeason 2 scheduled from 2nd – 20th December 2015
Galaxy of global Tennis Stars confirmed for 2nd edition of unique team tennis competition
Manila,13thApril 2015: The global Player Draft for the second edition of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was held on 12th April 2015 in Dubai. Amidst much anticipation and excitement, the team owners met to put their teams together for the second season scheduled from 2nd – 20th December 2015.
Top woman’s player Serena Williams along with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will lead the Manila Mavericks for season 2 of IPTL. The duo will be joined by team-mates Richard Gasquet, Sabine Lisicki, Mark Philippousis, Jarmila Gajdosova, tennis sensation Borna Coric,along with Philippines’ very own, Treat Huey. With Serena Williams in charge, the Manila Mavericks will be looking to challenge the dual supremacy of 2014 winners Micromax Indian Aces and UAE Royals respectively, finishing the inaugural season at No. 3 on the team standings.
Adding to the excitement in this unique team tennis competition, Japanwas announced as the 5th country on the multi-nation IPTL tour for the second season in 2015 with “Japan Warriors” as the name of the home franchise to compete in the League.
Mahesh Bhupathi, on behalf of the IPTL said: “We started off to an exciting beginning in 2014. The first edition was a resounding success in terms of player and fan acceptance. Television and digital audiences enjoyed a very high level of competition, and we have set a high bar for ourselves. We are confident of building on the success of last year to come back with a bigger and better product in 2015.”
Bhupathi added: “Tennis is on a tremendous growth path in Asia led by Japan. The country boasts of 3 men’s players in the top 100. Japan coming on board as the 5th Asian country led by their top star Nishikori, proves that the league is on the right path.”
The final player line-up for all 5 teams for IPTL 2015 is as given below:
About International Premier Tennis League
The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is a unique team-based tennis league founded by multiple grand-slam winner, India’s Mahesh Bhupathi. Played across 4 countries in Asia, the inaugural edition in 2014 featured 21 Grand Slam Champions and 14 current/former World Number Ones. Micromax Indian Aces won the 2014 title and prize money of USD 1 million. The inaugural edition was played in front of packed audiences in Manila, Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai between 28th November and 13th December 2014.
The IPTL promises to ‘Break the Code’ of the game’s traditional etiquette in order to attract a new audience to the sport. Modeled after successful international sports franchise concepts and being recognized as tennis’ newest spectacle, the IPTL combines world-class sport and entertainment in a format that keeps both spectators and global TV viewers thoroughly engaged.