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The second edition of the IPTL kicks off in Asia



The second International Premier Tennis League gets underway tomorrow as five different franchises will lock horns throughout the month of December in five venues sprinkled around the Asian continent.


The likes of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova will join old legends such as Goran Ivanisevic and Marat Safin in the exciting project. The competition will bring tennis closer to regions that are not too accustomed to seeing the sport’s biggest superstars.

The format of the competition also attempts to make tennis more exciting. Every match will be made up of six sets: men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles and men’s legend singles (in that order). Each set will be played to six games with a shoot-out at 5-5 and games will not include advantages, with the winner of the point at deuce taking the game.

Other interesting features in the format include substitutions mid-set, a time limit between service games and changeovers, and the Coca-Cola Power Point which indicates that the next point counts as double.

The first event will take place in Kobe, Japan from the 2nd to the 4th of December. The other dates on the calendar are: Manila, Philippines 6th-8 December), New Delhi, India (10-12 December), Dubai, UAE (14-16 December) and Singapore (18-20 December).

The teams participating in this second edition of the IPTL are:

OUE Singapore Slammers (Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Carlos Moya, Marcelo Melo, Dustin Brown, Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova).

OBI UAE Royals (Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Goran Ivanisevic, Daniel Nestor, Ana Ivanovic and Kristina Mladenovic).

Indian Aces (Rafael Nadal, Gael Monfils, Ivan Dodig, Fabrice Santoro, Rohan Bopanna, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sania Mirza.

Japan Warriors (Kei Nishikori, Vasek Pospisil, Marat Safin, Leander Paes, Lucas Pouille, Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchova and Kurumi Nara).

Philippine Mavericks (Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet, Borna Coric, Mark Philippoussis, Treat Huey, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Jamila Gajdosova).

The event will be broadcast in over 150 territories around the world and will once ignite the question as to whether players should take part in these off-season exhibitions when they then complain about the duration of the season.

Indian tennis legend and spokesperson for the event, Mahesh Bhupathi, said about the event: “It’s an evolving structure. Last year we didn’t have a final. Broadcasters gave us feedback that it’s good to have a final so we added a final this year. For us to be successful, the owners need to be successful, the players need to be happy, broadcasters need to be happy, sponsors need to be happy. We always do what’s right to grow the property in the right direction”.

Additional contributor –  Bruno Bergareche Sans

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Alex De Minaur Learning Patience After Two Month Injury Lay-Off

Alex De Minaur is ready to be patient as he looks to build some momentum in Atlanta this week.



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Alex De Minaur is learning the art of patience after missing less than two months of action earlier this year. 


The Australian had a rough start to the 2019 as he was forced to fight off a groin injury despite winning the Sydney title in January.

Then he had a couple of months off before once again struggling on his return at Indian Wells where he lost in his opening round.

But these setbacks haven’t stopped the 20 year-old from being patient as he looks to make his mark in the US hard court swing,“I feel like I’m doing all the right things, putting myself out there,” De Minaur told

“If it doesn’t happen this week, next week or the week after, I’m going to keep doing the same things. I’m going to do all the right things, be mentally strong, physically strong and I’m playing good tennis, so I think it’s just a matter of time.”

After Indian Wells, De Minaur spent a few weeks in his home in Alicante, Spain as he looked to regain match sharpness.

It was a period that proved challenging for the talented Aussie as he loves to compete, “I’m not used to being at home for that long and, I mean, us tennis players, we need to go out there and compete, at least me,” De Minaur explained.

I’m a very competitive person, and it was tough for me. I had my outlets. I was playing golf a lot. But still, I needed to get back on court. 

“Obviously seeing people go ahead of you and guys are playing these tournaments and seeing the results they were doing and me not being able to actually even be able to be out there and competing, that was very tough.”

Despite losing five of his seven ATP tour matches since returning properly in Estoril, De Minaur is determined to get back to the level that saw him rise to world number 24.

The Next Gen Star thinks it’s a confidence thing and is not easy to regain after an injury, “[It’s] just confidence. Playing matches, playing the big points right,” he explained.

“It’s something that you take for granted when things are going well. But when you have to stop and try to get back into it, it’s tough. Now I’m just keen to go out there and compete and play some good tennis.”

De Minaur continues his comeback surge this week when he competes in Atlanta, where he will face Bradley Klahn or Marius Copil in his first match.

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Nicolas Jarry Aims To Follow In Family Footsteps After Reaching Bastad Final

Nicolas Jarry looks to join his grandfather in winning an ATP title as he reaches the Bastad final.



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Nicolas Jarry will look to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps tomorrow when he takes on Juan Ignacio Londero in the Bastad final. 


The Chilean was in fine form today as he beat another Chilean in Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals today, 6-3 6-2 in 64 minutes.

It is Jarry’s third ATP final and his second of the season following his final in Geneva, where he wasted two championship points to lose to Alexander Zverev.

Should the 23 year-old be triumphant on Sunday, he will join his grandfather as an ATP titlist after Jaime Fillol Sr. won six tour titles and finished a high of number 14 in the rankings in 1974.

Next up for Jarry is Cordoba champion Juan Ignacio Londero, who cruised past 2016 Swedish Open champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets.

The 6-3 6-4 victory included the Argentinian winning 73% of his first service points as he dominated the Spaniard in the 1 hour and 21 minute win.

It will be the second final of the season for Londero, who has enjoyed thriving on the clay in 2019 which has helped him reach a career high ranking of 58 in the world in June.

A good sign for Londero, was that en route to winning his lone title in 2019 in Cordoba, he beat Jarry in their only previous ATP World Tour meeting.

Both men will look to cap off an excellent week tomorrow as the final is scheduled for 2pm local time.

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Alexander Bublik Praises Mentality Change Ahead Of Newport Semi-Finals

Alexander Bublik is on the rise after changing his mentality as he looks to win his first ATP title in Newport this weekend.



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Alexander Bublik praises his change in his mental approach to tennis after reaching the semi-finals in Newport. 


The 22 year-old from Kazakhstan is arguably having one of the best seasons of his career, having reached a career high ranking of 82 in 2019.

Having won three challenger events in Budapest, Pau and Monterrey, Bublik is full of confidence and is currently trying to transition that form on the ATP tour.

In an interview with the ATP website, Bublik has praised a change in mentality for the improvement in form, “When I was a kid I got in mental troubles a lot because I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to win this match. I want to win this tournament’,” Bublik said to

“Then last year when I broke my ankle is when I realised it’s fine… I’ve got to work hard to make it here, to make more and more, so that’s why I’m working hard every day trying to succeed.”

There is no doubting that Bublik has the talent as he has a unique style, which includes tweeners and during his quarter-final match with Tennys Sandgren in Newport, hit four aces in a game which concluded with an underarm ace.

However the world number 83 has said that he entertains himself first and aims to stand out from the crowd, “I entertain myself first. That’s the most important thing for me,” Bublik explained.

“Always be a leader, not a follower, You just have to be your own leader, make your own decisions,” Bublik said when speaking about one of his tattoos.

Well Bublik’s fate is certainly in his own hands when he faces Marcel Granollers for a spot in his first ever ATP final on Saturday.

The other semi-final will see top seed John Isner take on 4th seed Ugo Humbert as the Frenchman looks to take advantage of an under-par American.

In both of his matches, Isner has needed a third set to overcome both Kamil Majchrzak and Matthew Ebden as he looks to win a 3rd title at the Hall Of Fame Open.

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