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Tennis set to go Twenty20 with Murray and Djokovic lined up for new Asian league!

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Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are among the leading players being lined up for a new Twenty20-style Asian tennis league.

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), a city-based franchise competition backed financially by princes and governments across the Middle East and Asia, is being prepared for a November launch, reports The Times.


Lined up: Murray could compete in the new International Premier Tennis League

The event will be held during the tennis tour’s off-season with matches to be played from late November through to just before Christmas.

Each franchise in the league would have a salary band of between $4 and $10 million dollars, with players auctioned in a similar way to the system in cricket’s Indian Premier League.


Targets: Williams (left) and Djokovic (right) are also on the shortlist

Players will travel across Asia for matches both home and away.

Five sets will be played in each match, consisting of one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and a legends singles.


Fast and furious: The event is similar to cricket's Indian Premier League which has attracted top names such as Kevin Pietersen (right)

The team who wins the most games across the five sets would win the match.

Former doubles world No 1 Mahesh Bhupathi, of India, is the brainchild behind the concept.

The 38-year-old, who has won 12 grand slam titles, is set to join Murray’s business team as an adviser and will hope to convince the Brit to put pen to paper.


Brainchild: Bhupathi (left) is the main man behind the project

Murray, the new world No 2 after winning the Sony Open in Miami yesterday, has traditionally held his off-season training block on the Florida coast at that time of year but would have to make new plans if he decides to compete in Asia.

Roger Federer cannot take part this year due to a clash with his exhibition tour in South America but could sign up next year if the league proves to be a success.


Not this year: Federer cannot take part due to a clash with a South American exhibition but could play next year

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I'm surprised Bernie Ecclestone didn't announce this in person.
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Let me guess, coloured courts, lets will be played out? Oh and don't forget BJK thrown in somewhere in the mix

WTT + IPL = bad attempt at April fools' day prank
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April Fool's.

At least I hope it is.

Otherwise we may see some early exits in Australia.

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I gather the ITF took some convincing before going with Bernie's cunning plan which will see leading formula one drivers team up with the world's top tennis professionals to see who can keep up the longest rally.
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Then don't complain the season is too long
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Ha, my 'Wimbledon near the wind-farm' was more realistic
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April Fool's.

At least I hope it is.

Otherwise we may see some early exits in Australia.
But the tweet is from yesterday.
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Re: Tennis set to go Twenty20 with Murray and Djokovic lined up for new Asian league!

I think it's a legit idea, anyway.

I'm a big cricket fan, and when the same announcement was made about the IPL being introduced, the same reactions came of it. Now, a few years on, the IPL is pretty much the highlight in the cricketing calendar, from an entertainment standpoint. It's extremely well done, and if they used the same sort of thinking to tennis, but applied it in a more truncated and exhibition-like format, it should be a great success.
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I think it's a legit idea, anyway.

I'm a big cricket fan, and when the same announcement was made about the IPL being introduced, the same reactions came of it. Now, a few years on, the IPL is pretty much the highlight in the cricketing calendar, from an entertainment standpoint. It's extremely well done, and if they used the same sort of thinking to tennis, but applied it in a more truncated and exhibition-like format, it should be a great success.
It would also bring about the end of tennis as we know it, just as IPL did for cricket. The money is so much that players would prioritize this over all else. If this is true and actually plays out, there will be a lot of surprise AO winners in the near future.

For argument sake, let's assume that this is legit. I see absolutely nothing great or original in the idea. It is just a glamourized version of WTT.

If this was actually true and was Bhupathi's brainchild, the Indian media would have been all over it. I see no such thing. So, it is confirmed to be a prank.
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If this is not April Fools' (it better be), I'd like to hear their excuse for reducing the length of the calendar outside of $$$, £££ and €€€. The fact Fed's is mentioned as a participator probably means it's not true but you never know.


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April fools

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