International Premier Tennis League, November/December 2014
Neil Harman @NeilHarmanTimes 1h
Confirmed for first year of @iptl Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Serena Williams, Azarenka, Wozniacki; Agassi and Sampras
In the second categories for draft, Berdych, Ferrer, Tsonga, A Radwanska; Gasquet, Raonic, Haas, Isner, Ivanovic, Stosur, Stephens
(not exactly sure what all that means, but obviously the event is going ahead this year after all).
From an article about the IPTL (written before announcement of players) http://www.tennishead.net/news/academy/2014/01/22/international-premier-tennis-league-set-to-launch-in-november-2014
...Cities hosting teams are Singapore, Kuala Lumpar, Bangkok and Mumbai and a team in the Middle East. Players who have signed up for the event , which will take place from November 28 to December 20 have yet to be announced..
The format of the IPTL is that each team has a minimum of six players, and a maximum of eight. Each team has a budget to spend on players of US$10 million and a salary minimum of US $4 million. It is expected that at the start there will be a minimum of five teams, maximum of six. The target is to have 10 teams by 2020 and some Chinese cities, although Bhupathi revealed that there are no Chinese cities on board at this stage.
The players will be a mix of current players, legends and “future of tennis” stars. Matches consist of five sets, men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and legends singles. The home team gets to pick the order on the night of the match. Scoring is one set, no-ad, tie-breaker at 5-All. The winning team is the one that wins the most number of games (not the most number of sets). Each team plays home and away.