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PHOTOS: Ivanovic takes flight; turns stewardess!

December 02, 2014 08:35 IST
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Ana Ivanovic serves Goran Ivanisevic of the UAE Royals. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for IPTL 2014

Fellow-tennis players were in for a pleasant surprise as Ana Ivanovic took on the role of stewardess on a private jet from Manila to Singapore on Monday.

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The Serb, who was aboard with her colleagues from the International Premier Tennis League, dished out safety instructions before take-off and then served food and beverages.

Ana Ivanovic serves Serena Williams (left) and Daniela Hantuchova of the Singapore Slammers. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for IPTL 2014

The Serbian beauty is a part of the Indian Aces team, which leads the standings with three straight victories.

The Aces, which also includes France's Gael Monfils, the Indian duo Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, and French veteran Fabrice Santoro, beat UAE Royals 28-20 for their third straight victory in the competition.

Ana Ivanovic gives the safety demonstration. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for IPTL 2014

Swiss ace Roger Federer, who replaced the injured Rafael Nadal, and American great Pete Sampras are expected to join the Aces for their home matches in New Delhi from December 6 to 8.

The other top players include world No.1 Novak Djokovic (UAE Royals), Serena Williams (Singapore Slammers), and Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray for the Manila Mavericks.

Ana Ivanovic shows how put on the oxygen mask as Lleyton Hewitt looks on. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for IPTL 2014

IPTL is a unique team-based tennis league founded by India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and played across four countries in Asia.

The league will feature 21 Grand Slam champions and 14 current/former world number ones; the winning team will walk away with prize-money of US $1 million. The inaugural edition will be held in the cities of Manila, Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai between November 28 to December 13.

Tennis’s traditional scoring format has been changed to single-set no-add scoring. The new system will speed up the games and enable fans to watch up to 24 different players in one evening.

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