2014/10/25

International Premier Tennis League Launched

Paris, France (May 24th, 2013) – Mahesh Bhupathi, Boris Becker and Justin Gimelstob announced the launch of the IPTL – International Premier Tennis League on Friday.

The IPTL  is a city/country based franchise led league involving not only the current Men’s and Women’s players but also the Legends of the game.

The Franchises in the League will be city based across Asia. The first season of the IPTL will witness participation of 6 teams. Additional teams will be added in the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the League.

Each match will consist of 5 sets with no-ad scoring: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Legends Singles (Men)

The IPTL will be held in December 2014 as the Player Auction will be organized in Melbourne in January 2014. IPTL has confirmed player participation from Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, Thomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Lleyton Hewitt, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Pete Sampras and Carlos Moya.

 

“I believe the future consumer wants to belong to something – and having a team they can support will be what motivates them to become a consumer of tennis. We have put together the ingredients to create something exciting that will activate the entire tennis industry,” said league founder and ATP doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi.

 

Former World No. 1 Boris Becker and Founding Partner of the league said, “This is what the sport needs, the best players in the world playing in a new time sensitive format that would get TV networks excited. Hopefully this can grow into a worldwide property with multiple team owners.”

 

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said that it’s a revolutionary idea: “It will change the image of the sport and help its popularity. I really look forward to be part of that competition and play.”

 

“It’s like a dream come true to play with Legends. Playing on a team is fun and really kind of cool. I like it.” said world No.1 Serena Williams.

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Djokovic Signs With IMG Worldwide

Novak Djokovic wins ATP World Tour Finals Copyright Getty Images

Novak Djokovic wins ATP World Tour Finals Copyright Getty Images

(December 21, 2012) IMG Worldwide has signed five-time major winner and  World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for “exclusive worldwide management and representation.”

The multi-year deal with IMG will represent the Serb in in developing a brand building strategy through marketing, endorsements, appearances and licensing along with select global business initiatives.

IMG Chairman and CEO Mike Dolan said of the announcement, “Novak Djokovic is a superbly talented tennis player, and world-class competitor who demonstrates a very strong character through his passion and commitment to his game. I believe he has the ability to translate those qualities into achieving great success working with global brands in the marketplace.”

“I’m very happy with how my career has been advancing these past few years. Working with IMG will continue to build off of that momentum. IMG’s expansive global footprint will offer me a truly unique set of resources to explore business opportunities that simply do not exist anywhere else in the industry,” said Novak Djokovic.

“We are very pleased to have a great champion such as Novak, who is widelyconsidered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, choose IMG to work with during this momentous time in his career,” noted Fernando Soler, Head of IMG’s Global Tennis division.

IMG represents other tennis players including Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Li Na and Thomas Berdych. IMG also helps to run and represents pther tournaments including the Sony Open, Australian Open, Chennai Open, Wimbledon, Barcelona Open and a new event in Rio de Janeiro to be played for the first time in 2014, among others.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panroama

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