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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