Andy Murray praises International Premier Tennis League! None other than Andy Murray has spoken about his excitement for the mega tennis tourney that will see Tennis stars descend on Indian shores.
The International Premier Tennis League has yet to kick off but it’s praising tunes has already begun!
None other than Andy Murray has spoken about his excitement for the mega tennis tourney that will see Tennis stars descend on Indian shores.
Looking forward, the British number one Andy Murray will lead the Manila Mavericks in Mahesh Bhupathi’s league, starting November 28 in Philippines.
“Attracting new fans to the sport is important and I’m looking forward to helping take tennis somewhere new. The IPTL format is something that has never been done before and there are many different aspects that make it interesting,” Murray in a press release. He adds, “The shot clock is a great idea and will speed play up and make tennis even more exciting for the fans with the shorter breaks between points. The fact that every game counts toward the team score is also a great idea, you’re not just playing for yourself, you have to think about your team mates as well and put them in as strong a position as possible at the end of your own set in the match.”
With a superstar roster lined up for the tournament, expect this league to be as competitive with the likes of IPL or the English Premier League. Not before has tennis seen such a great surge with a league based format. Even thought the ATP Masters does see the top 8 play out for the mega trophy, the IPTL is a ‘different’ format altogether.
Murray’s teammates in his side would be Russian heartthrob Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kirsten Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Treat Huey.
This year has been a rough one for the 2013 Wimbledon champ who has appointed Amélie Mauresmo as his coach. Even though the Scot has not won any Major Grand Slam this year, Murray will be satisfied with his victory over Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open. But with the IPTL fast approaching, fans especially in India are eagerly waiting to get a glimpse on Roger Federer but Andy Murray’s side could just be a party pooper!