After enjoying a great run in the first season, the Mahesh Bhupathi founded International Premier Tennis League is set to entertain and enchant the tennis buffs all over again. IPTL was launched not only to target the Asian audience, but also to provide a different flavour of tennis with rules to make the game highly fervid and expeditious.
Here we take a look at the rules of the game and the changes made this season:
1. TEAMS & VENUE
In the first season there were four teams: Indian Aces, UAE Royals, Singapore Slammers and Manila Mavericks.
This season, the name of Manila Mavericks changed to Philippine Mavericks. Unlike last season when the Philippine capital was the first of 4 legs, Manila will be the second of 5 stops to play host to the IPTL this year.
A new team, Japan Warriors has also made its debut.
Likewise, a new venue has been allotted in Kobe to kick of the season. The other venues remain the same.
The schedule for this season is-
Kobe World Hall, Kobe- Dec 02-04
Mall of Asia Arena, Manila- Dec 06-08
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi- Dec 10-12
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai- Dec 14-16
Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore- Dec 18- 20
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