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

ProdigyEng
04-01-2013, 02:57 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2302222/Murray-Djokovic-targets-new-Asian-tennis-league.html


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2302222/Murray-Djokovic-targets-new-Asian-tennis-league.html#ixzz2PDvsCeRf
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sportstennis
04-01-2013, 03:00 PM
ok

Chris Kuerten
04-01-2013, 03:01 PM
April's fools always makes me cringe.

Just like heaven
04-01-2013, 03:05 PM
April's fools always makes me cringe.

Don't think it's a joke.
http://twitter.com/carole_bouchard/status/318275386179977218

zebedee
04-01-2013, 03:15 PM
I'm surprised Bernie Ecclestone didn't announce this in person.

Pratik
04-01-2013, 03:34 PM
Let me guess, coloured courts, lets will be played out? Oh and don't forget BJK thrown in somewhere in the mix :lol:

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

Johnny Groove
04-01-2013, 03:46 PM
April Fool's.

At least I hope it is.

Otherwise we may see some early exits in Australia.

zebedee
04-01-2013, 03:53 PM
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.

Rik.
04-01-2013, 03:56 PM
Then don't complain the season is too long :o

janko05
04-01-2013, 04:01 PM
Ha, my 'Wimbledon near the wind-farm' was more realistic :)

Just like heaven
04-01-2013, 04:18 PM
April Fool's.

At least I hope it is.

Otherwise we may see some early exits in Australia.
But the tweet is from yesterday.

The Prince
04-01-2013, 04:38 PM
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.

Pratik
04-01-2013, 04:49 PM
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. :lol:

Looner
04-01-2013, 04:51 PM
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.

TigerTim
04-01-2013, 05:01 PM
April fools

Hahaha

Matthew2408
04-01-2013, 05:06 PM
I'm not sure this is a April Fools as I've read it on a couple of news websites.

Chase Visa
04-01-2013, 11:59 PM
If this is true :facepalm:

IPL + WTT is a terrible idea.

MuzzahLovah
04-02-2013, 12:28 AM
:confused:

an exhibition in league in Asia? Don't they have a enough trouble getting people to see the actual tournaments there?

Kyle_Johansen
04-02-2013, 12:31 AM
If this is actually true, why would Djokovic and Murray play more tennis during their offseasons?

MrPlateperson
04-02-2013, 02:09 AM
:confused:

an exhibition in league in Asia? Don't they have a enough trouble getting people to see the actual tournaments there?

Tennis is suprisingly big in Asia even though there are virtually no players in the top of the game.

hvo
04-02-2013, 02:18 AM
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.

No, the Ashes is the highlight of Test ckicket.:cool: And because the AU and the India spend too much time fooling around Bollywood style, the England is able to thrash both of them on Test.

If it's not April's fool, it's a bad idea.

MuzzahLovah
04-02-2013, 04:08 AM
Tennis is suprisingly big in Asia even though there are virtually no players in the top of the game.

Only the Japanese stadiums looked full during the Asian swing last year.

MrPlateperson
04-02-2013, 12:02 PM
[QUOTE=MuzzahLovah;14445938]Only the Japanese stadiums looked full during the Asian swing last year.[/QUOTE


The seating in Shanghai is really weird. Looks like only few hundred people show up.

hvo
04-02-2013, 07:06 PM
Chinese fans who want to watch tennis don't have ticket. The ones watching live are not interested in tennis. They want to be seen watching tennis like some want to be seen watching opera in Western culture. It's status thing.

Topspindoctor
04-02-2013, 07:17 PM
Obviously Aprils fools, as the hooligan would never be invited to where large crowds are expected :wavey:


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Henry Chinaski
04-02-2013, 07:18 PM
:confused:

an exhibition in league in Asia? Don't they have a enough trouble getting people to see the actual tournaments there?

you should probably avoid trying to cover the world's largest continent, inhabited by 55% of the planet's population, in one sweeping statement.

TigerTim
04-02-2013, 08:05 PM
you should probably avoid trying to cover the world's largest continent, inhabited by 55% of the planet's population, in one sweeping statement.

to be fair to Muzzah the places considered for this League if it isn't a April Fools are broadly similar to ATPs locations probably with Korea, India and Indonesia added. I doubt the Middle East or caucuses are going to be considered

indianabones
04-03-2013, 08:09 AM
Why not give it a shot?

To me it sounds like a step forward in tennis, trying to expand the game in a region of the world where it's already quite popular.

One thing must be said though, India host the IPL and their cricket team has been abysmal pretty much since the IPL began.

Surcouf
04-03-2013, 08:15 AM
The money must be difficult to resist, but honestly, this is pointless. This isn't even true tennis with these stupid rules. Nobody will care.

Kat_YYZ
04-03-2013, 08:21 AM
:confused:
not sure how everyone missed it but...
"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."

Fed doesn't have an exhibition tour in South America this year; that tour already happened in Dec 2012.

Clearly some kind of April Fool's joke.

Hewitt =Legend
04-04-2013, 02:24 PM
Well this doesn't look like an April Fools prank anymore. Would have been a cracker though...

Money talks in this day and age unfortunately. Just hope this concept doesn't destroy traditional tennis values or what is left of it. The season is already to long but if players decide to go through with this just because of the $ they have no right to complain...

Henry Chinaski
04-04-2013, 03:20 PM
This is the future reality most likely.

The players are slowly realising just how much power they have. If they take a serious stand for a longer exo season they'll get it and that's more likely with larger events like this in place encouraging more and more of them to do so.

Nathaliia
04-04-2013, 03:40 PM
the fact it is being repeated on other websites rather proves how today's internet "media" work more than such league will be created

but might be future of tennis, that's for sure. then it would be really tough to feel pity for some chap injured during the season and bitching about too many tournaments

caisenma
04-04-2013, 03:52 PM
Twenty20 for tennis sounds like utter crap. Nothing else needs to be said. I don't want to see a bunch of players playing glorified exo's.

Sri
04-04-2013, 04:04 PM
Rafa must play!

Nadal already takes multple strategic timeouts. :lol:

Pratik
04-04-2013, 04:26 PM
Rafa must play!

Nadal already takes multple strategic timeouts. :lol:

:lol:

I guess it seems that this was not a joke. If it works out, get ready to say goodbye to tennis as we know it. Players will care more about this tournament than anything else. AO will go back to what it was in the 70s. The top players will be too exhausted to do well there. Different matches will be played in (six) different cities. So, more than the burn out from the matches, the unnecessary travel(2/3 times a week) will be terrible for them.

Cricket fans will know about the burn out experience by Indian players post IPL. It would be a real shame if the same would happen to tennis.

fedalrock
04-04-2013, 04:56 PM
No, just no :facepalm:
Twenty twenty in tennis? The crap people come up with :worship:

vpmrosulate
04-06-2013, 08:16 PM
The impetus has come from Fuller, who recently did a major deal with IMG for David Beckham in China. "He has a vision for this part of the world and we are excited that he has chosen to partner us," Bhupathi said. They have also brought on board the tennis agent and former Tour pro Ugo Colombini, "to provide on-the-ground tennis support and specialist resourcing" for Murray.

Murray said,: "I believe a mix of Simon's experience and Mahesh's understanding of the sport will create the perfect team for my off-court interests and will allow me to continue to dedicate myself and focus on my goals on the court.

Colombini is Delpo's agent...

Looner
04-06-2013, 08:37 PM
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.

So it wasn't a joke. Well, that is to say this is a sad joke. I can't believe Djokovic and Murray were bitching to shorten the season only so they can rake in the cash. Disgusting. I hope Federer bans this shit.

nolesfan2011
04-06-2013, 09:52 PM
This is such a horrible idea, I would hate to see tennis splinter even further into the haves and have nots with a bunch of glorified money grubbing exos trumping major ATP events and the slams. All this will do is further the glorification of the top 5/top 10 and further harm the challenger tour and such.

Exos are already worthless to begin with, though the ATP calendar probably does need to be shorter.

ProdigyEng
04-06-2013, 09:53 PM
:confused:
not sure how everyone missed it but...
"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."

Fed doesn't have an exhibition tour in South America this year; that tour already happened in Dec 2012.

Clearly some kind of April Fool's joke.
Nah the exho will become a yearly thing.

Moozza
04-06-2013, 10:00 PM
Win the whole thing Slamray :yeah:

MrPlateperson
04-06-2013, 11:09 PM
Ill watch only because the old mans not playing.

mreccentric
05-25-2013, 06:00 PM
Here's today news:
S'pore could host top names like Djokovic, Nadal in Tennis Premier League (http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/sports/story/tennis-spore-could-host-top-names-djokovic-nadal-tennis-premier-league-20)
Nadal, Djokovic sign up for Asian tennis league (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/tennis/nadal-djokovic-sign-up-for-asian-tennis-league/article4750277.ece)
@Sri, It's confirmed, Rafa is gonna play. Federer will miss.
@Pratik, don't compare this with IPL. Tennis is a different game, you can't compare it with unexciting game cricket.

AFAIK, a match comprises 5 sets, a set each for men and women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s legends singles. Will be interesting to see Legend's Singles. Hope this League becomes a success (unlike WTT, can i say that?).

Chris Kuerten
05-25-2013, 06:01 PM
Nadal makes me sick.

rocketassist
05-25-2013, 06:03 PM
Great scheduling from Nadal. Nice to see he's managing his 'injury' to the best he possibly can.

Tiebreak100
05-25-2013, 06:12 PM
This sounds utterly pointless. These players make enough money, yet the the public are expected to pay top dollar to watch glamour friendlies without a competitive edge. They all moan about not having an off season, yet sign up for this shite. I hope its a complete flop.

No doubt Tax Freeovic has played a prominent role in lauching this charade.

Mr.Prysse.
05-25-2013, 06:28 PM
All these drama queens whine that the season is too long and they want more rest.
Hypocrites.

If the $$$ are there, they'll play on that evil surface called hardcourts.
Travelling to Tokyo from Jakarta and back to Doha isn't very relaxing.

If they want Sharapova, they just have to promise her endless Sugarpova promotion opportunities.

Pratik
05-25-2013, 06:45 PM
Here's today news:
S'pore could host top names like Djokovic, Nadal in Tennis Premier League (http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/sports/story/tennis-spore-could-host-top-names-djokovic-nadal-tennis-premier-league-20)
Nadal, Djokovic sign up for Asian tennis league (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/tennis/nadal-djokovic-sign-up-for-asian-tennis-league/article4750277.ece)
@Sri, It's confirmed, Rafa is gonna play. Federer will miss.
@Pratik, don't compare this with IPL. Tennis is a different game, you can't compare it with unexciting game cricket.

AFAIK, a match comprises 5 sets, a set each for men and women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s legends singles. Will be interesting to see Legend's Singles. Hope this League becomes a success (unlike WTT, can i say that?).

Thanks for the links.

It doesn't matter which sport you think is "exciting" and which isn't. In the IPL(that is the cricket equivalent of this league, for those of you who don't know), we have seen so many players prioritize the IPL over national commitments. You make sure that you are fit for the IPL because of the pay-check. This tennis league is headed down the same path. We have Nadal, who has so strongly talked about a shorter calender, joining this league forfeiting a huge chunk of the off season. Top players prioritizing this is terrible for the game. The matches in themselves may not be too physically tiring, but the entire package with the extra traveling, would be a lot. Go over to Asia(from Europe/US for most players) and spend three weeks there, plus shuttle between cities every couple of days. It's not even like a normal exhibition which players don't take seriously. It's a proper tournament, with more monetary benefits for the winners. It doesn't matter how rich they are. The promised paycheck is just too good to pass up. I really hope that this is a failure, but if they get the money they are talking about, it will be huge success.

It's really interesting how most of the articles on this league mention absolutely nothing about WTT. IMO, WTT has been a reasonable success in US, but it just doesn't have the big money that this is promising to bring in.

duarte_a
05-25-2013, 07:47 PM
Only Dull...... Bitches about the season being too long and then plays exhos in the off-season after coming back from a "career threatening injury".

I'll never forget the scheduling fiasco of having Paris and the WTF in back to back weeks.

mreccentric
05-26-2013, 04:20 AM
Thanks for the links.

It doesn't matter which sport you think is "exciting" and which isn't. In the IPL(that is the cricket equivalent of this league, for those of you who don't know), we have seen so many players prioritize the IPL over national commitments. You make sure that you are fit for the IPL because of the pay-check. This tennis league is headed down the same path. We have Nadal, who has so strongly talked about a shorter calender, joining this league forfeiting a huge chunk of the off season. Top players prioritizing this is terrible for the game. The matches in themselves may not be too physically tiring, but the entire package with the extra traveling, would be a lot. Go over to Asia(from Europe/US for most players) and spend three weeks there, plus shuttle between cities every couple of days. It's not even like a normal exhibition which players don't take seriously. It's a proper tournament, with more monetary benefits for the winners. It doesn't matter how rich they are. The promised paycheck is just too good to pass up. I really hope that this is a failure, but if they get the money they are talking about, it will be huge success.

It's really interesting how most of the articles on this league mention absolutely nothing about WTT. IMO, WTT has been a reasonable success in US, but it just doesn't have the big money that this is promising to bring in.

Right, but i still not sure about the money the league can bring-in. But considering the type of players taking part, they should be offered huge.

Johnny Groove
05-26-2013, 06:06 AM
Mug idea, and even muggier for Nadal of all people to play it. Let Djokovic and Murray waste their time with this shit.

Federer is very smart to skip it.

ProdigyEng
05-26-2013, 07:36 AM
Slamray will not take this shit seriously.

The Prince
05-26-2013, 02:47 PM
They only want to make money, it's only natural to want to be a part of it. :yeah:

Looner
05-26-2013, 02:48 PM
I no injured when racking in the dollars, no?

Time Violation
05-26-2013, 03:02 PM
Federer is very smart to skip it.

Lol, Federer will be touring South America then, I don't see how is that different. They will be all chasing money in the off season :)

redshift36188
05-26-2013, 03:13 PM
Lol, Federer will be touring South America then, I don't see how is that different. They will be all chasing money in the off season :)
Agree but Roger is not bitching about the season being too long.

Alex999
05-26-2013, 07:21 PM
These guys (Nole, Rafa, Murray) are multimillionaires already. How much more money do they need? I can only imagine how much they are getting for this exho. IMHO, they should be resting for the AO. oh well, what the heck do I know?

Time Violation
05-26-2013, 07:28 PM
These guys (Nole, Rafa, Murray) are multimillionaires already. How much more money do they need? I can only imagine how much they are getting for this exho. IMHO, they should be resting for the AO. oh well, what the heck do I know?

Well, for that amount of money and that amount of work it would be silly to say no, and Nole is in Australia around Christmas anyway

Kyle_Johansen
05-26-2013, 07:34 PM
These guys never take exho stuff like this that seriously. Nadal played Delpo in NY before winning IW.

Pratik
05-26-2013, 07:53 PM
These guys never take exho stuff like this that seriously. Nadal played Delpo in NY before winning IW.

That was one match, with not much traveling. This is three weeks long, with traveling between cities every couple of days.

Kyle_Johansen
05-26-2013, 07:58 PM
Is Federer doing another South American tour?

And at least it starts December of 14 and the players will have just come from the Asian swing weeks earlier in Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai.

guichard
05-26-2013, 08:18 PM
That was one match, with not much traveling. This is three weeks long, with traveling between cities every couple of days.
Tup players will have the option to play just home games


As usual, the superstars will receive special care and handling. Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Williams would belong to a different category of players in the draft. “These guys will have the option to play only home matches and they will get paid per night,” said Bhupathi, who also said that reports of $5 million paydays for the likes of Murray were exaggerated. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/sports/tennis/24iht-arena24.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1369599247-VFKQcLUvYEHQKTfz/2lSQA

Forehander
05-27-2013, 08:11 AM
Nadal and his "injuries" :haha:

Time Violation
05-27-2013, 09:08 AM
Is Federer doing another South American tour?

It seems so, though it's still not official I think

Intheshadows
05-27-2013, 10:28 AM
This sort of rubbish ruins sport. Just look at T20 in cricket.

First the Standford Series and now the IPL. Rotten to the core.

In cricket you can understand that the players see the $$$ and nothing else. Only the Australian, English and Indian cricketers are well compensated at a national level, the other guys get chickenfeed so the incentive is there for them to chase the dollars as cricketing mercenaries. The big tennis players should earn enough not to entertain this sort of thing.

mreccentric
05-29-2013, 10:29 AM
Intheshadows, Rightly Said.