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Nadal, Sania and Bopanna to sizzle for Mumbai in IPL-style tennis league

March 02, 2014 21:49 IST

Nadal, Sania and Bopanna to sizzle for Mumbai in IPL-style tennis league

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World No 1 Rafael Nadal will play for the Mumbai team, which will also have India's doubles stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, in the inaugural International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) according to the players' draft released by the organisers, in Dubai on Sunday.

The team owners met on Sunday and a tentative schedule with four confirmed teams, including Mumbai, Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok, was released.


Image: Rafa Nadal celebrates.
Photographs: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

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Sampras, Monfils, Ivanovic will also star for Mumbai

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Frenchman Gael Monfils, American great Pete Sampras, former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic and Fabrice Santoro are the other players to play for Mumbai.

So far, the team owners have spent $23,975,000 on getting the players in their side.

The league, brainchild of Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, will begin on November 28 in Singapore and conclude on December 14 in Dubai.


Image: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.
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Somdev Devvarman is not part of any team so far

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Initially, it was said the league will be played in five Asian cities and surprisingly India's top singles star Somdev Devvarman is not part of any team so far.

The 2014 season will feature 24 matches across the four host cities. The four teams will compete in a round-robin format in each of the four cities.


Image: Somdev Devvarman of India.
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Djokovoic will spearhead the challenge of Dubai

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World No 2 Novak Djokovoic will spearhead the challenge of Dubai. Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonic, Malek Jaziri and Martina Hingis will be his teammates.


Image: Novak Djokovic returns a shot.
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Murray taken by Bangkok

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Reigning Wimbledon champion and World No 7 Andy Murray has been taken by Bangkok, which also has, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Kirsten Flipkens.


Image: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves.
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Serena Williams will lead Singapore

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World No 1 among women players, Serena Williams will lead Singapore. Yesteryears American super star Andre Agassi, Tomas Berdych, former World No 1 from Australia Lleyton Hewitt, Bruno Soares, Patrick Rafter, Daniela Hantuchova and Nick Krygios complete the Singapore team.

The matches will be played in one city for three days, beginning in Singapore from November 28.

From there it will move to Bangkok (December 2,3,4), Mumbai (December 7,8,9) and Dubai (December 11, 12,13).

Former World No 1 Carlos Moya, who attended the draft, said, "I'm very excited to be part of this competition, and look forward to playing for Bangkok. I have fond memories from the days I've played there."

The owners can have up to 10 players on their roster and they will make their own announcements in their relative cities over the next few weeks.


Image: Serena Williams of the United States.
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