Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Mumbai have been chosen as hosts for the inaugural International Premier Tennis League, with a Middle Eastern city to be announced later, organisers said Tuesday.
Co-founder and Indian doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi said the concept was aimed at providing a new, made-for-TV version of tennis with a young, Asian audience in mind. “we’ve got a pretty exciting player field. We are going to announce that in a couple of weeks. We’re in the middle of one of the biggest tournaments in the year. We don’t want to distract from that.”
Also confirming his participation for the tournament was tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt. “I have heard of the many ideas being added to the League and I am excited to have confirmed my participation. I wait to see whose team I am on, I do not have any preferences as I know there are a lot of fans waiting to see World class tennis in all cities.”
The player draft has been scheduled for 2 March 2014 in the United Arab Emirates where these five city franchises would draft and pay for a team of players. Teams will have a salary cap of US$10 million and a minimum spend of US$4 million on between six and 10 players. The tournament is scheduled to be held from November 28 to December 20.