International Premier Tennis League (ITPL) is going to start its second season soon. This year’s tournament will start off in Kobe, Japan on December 2 and wrap up in Singapore on December 20.
The first one met with outstanding response last year and this year it is going be even bigger. Just the fact that names like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and many more are associated with it make it an exciting affair.
The popular league was formed by Mahesh Bhupathi as he wanted a tennis tournament in this part of the world. This was a brilliant initiative as no Grand Slam is played in Asia and fans in this region miss out on some fantastic tennis.
To make this year's edition even more competitive, Japan Warriors has been added to the pool of four francises which participated in 2014. The Indian Aces won the 2014 season after beating the UAE Royals by a small margin.
With regards to the players, all the teams have some big names. While the Japan Warriors boasts of players like Marat Safin, Leander Paes and Maria Sharapova, Philippine Mavericks have Richard Gasquet, Serena Williams and Milos Raonic.
Current world's top seeded player, Novak Djokovic and controversial Nick Kyrgios play for Singapore Slammers, Indian Aces have King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. On paper, the UAE Royals seem like the strongest team. They have Roger Federer, Ana Ivanovic, Tomas Berdych and Marat Cilic playing for them.
If one recollects, last year Roger Federer was a part of the Indian team and has made a switch for this season. Had he still played for the Indian franchise, it would been a rare occasion where he and Nadal would be on the same side of the net.
Now, one of the most interesting duels for the Indian fans at the IPTL 2015 is the one between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Both have been arch-rivals since a long time and a singles match between them is a part of the Indian leg. The organisers expect this and even the rest of the matches to be a total.