Roger Federer, Serena Williams Among The Few Top Names Chasing Money At The IPTL
by Staff | November 28th, 2016, 7:50 pm
  • 43 Comments

After a blockbuster second season last year which included just about all the biggest names in tennis, the third season of the International Premier Tennis League includes only two major names, Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

And the league shrinks from five teams to four as the Philippeans team in Manila is no longer part of the series. The league will also play in just three cities, down from five last year.

“This season required us to make some difficult choices and we have worked hard to bring Season 2016 to life across three host cities,” said founder and former pro Mahesh Bhupathi. “The first two legs will be in Tokyo and Singapore before we culminate in Hyderabad. We are deeply grateful to our sponsors, partners, broadcasters and, in particular, the participating players for their deep belief in the potential the IPTL holds to deliver exceptional value to all stakeholders.

“This has significantly strengthened the IPTL proposition as well as our resolve to continue to grow this property for the benefit of this sport that I Iove.”

Serena, who hasn’t played since losing to Karolina Pliskova at the US Open, will play for the Singapore Slammers. Federer, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon, returns to exo tennis for the Indian Aces, and will play in Hyderabad in December 9-11.

Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Ana Ivanovic, Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard are also part of the series.

IPTL Schedule:
Dec 2-4: Saitama, Japan
Dec 6-8: Singapore
Dec 9-11: Hyderabad, India

Team rosters:
Japan Warriors: Kei Nishikori, Fernando Verdasco, Kurumi Nara, Jelena Jankovic, Fernando Gonzalez, Marat Safin and Jean-Julien Rojer

UAE Royals: Tomas Berdych, Pablo Cuevas, Ana Ivanovic, Martina Hingis, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Johansson and Daniel Nestor

OUE Singapore Slammers: Serena Williams, Nick Kyrgios, Marcos Baghdatis, Kiki Bertens, Carlos Moya, Rainer Schuettler and Marcelo Melo

Indian Aces: Roger Federer, Feliciano Lopez, Ivan Dodig, Eugenie Bouchard, Thomas Enqvist, Mark Philippoussis , Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna


You Might Like:
The WTA Now Supports The IPTL, The ATP Still Does Not
No IPTL Money = No Roger Federer, No Serena Williams And Lots Of Irate Fans
Novak Djokovic Will Not Play The Cash Grab December Exos In The IPTL And Abu Dhabi
Roger Federer Replaces Rafael Nadal In IPTL, He’ll Play In New Delhi!
Watch Serena Williams Fall Into The Stands And On Some Fan’s Lap At Wimbledon [Video]

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

43 Comments for Roger Federer, Serena Williams Among The Few Top Names Chasing Money At The IPTL

AndyMira Says:

I’m glad Rafa choose to not participate in IPTL this time[although if he's fully fit,i doubt he will reject it]..I like to see he’s involve himself with the Charity match like he did with Novak a few months back..It’s much more worthier than this..


Humble Rafa Says:

Basically people with money cups showed up..I see.


TennisPinoy Says:

It’s Philippine team, not Philippeans team


judith Says:

I saw some of the matches last night!


BBB Says:

I happily report that Marat Safin is as smokin’ hot as ever.


Willow Says:

As good looking as he is i always thought he was way too much in love with himself, and wondered how there could be any left for any woman lol ….


BBB Says:

LOL Willow. I’d be willing to find out.


Willow Says:

BBB IMO He looks better with clothes on, ive seen pictures of him in his smalls, and these i have to say are not the most flattering pictures of him, but he does have a handsome face, and a nice body ….


Willow Says:

He has a look of actor Chris Pratt ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…”I’ve seen pictures of him in his smalls,and these i have to say are not the most flattering pictures of him”…

Would you please explain further sis?I still can’t get the picture..somehow it still blurred to me..


BBB Says:

The pictures themselves would be helpful.


AndyMira Says:

@BBB…Couldn’t agree more!So,picture please!ASAP…This is about life and death!


AndyMira Says:

@WB….Ha ha ha ha…That’s fast..What do you thunk BBB?


Willow Says:

BBB /AM I dont know how you do links, and WB did it for you anyway, but i have seen that before and i dont think its the most flattering images of Marin, he has a gorgeous face and body, and he looks to die for in shorts and a suit etc, those images sorry, men in grey Y fronts is questionable when it comes to underwear sorrrrreee ….


Willow Says:

I Will say its great to see Marin whos not afraid to laugh at himself though ;-)) ….


Willow Says:

I Would say ladies if you want a man that looks amazing in his underwear, then look no furthur than ex Arsenal footballer Freddie Lundberg, who modeled for Calvin Klein, now you are talking, ask WB to put that up ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…I appreciate your honesty sis and i’m not sure about BBB but i’m just kidding in my comments up there..Just want to teased you at first..But agree with you on flattering thingy..and now we’re discussed about men’s underwear in public!Ha ha ha…God!

PS…Appreciate your kind gesture WB..


Willow Says:

AM Thanks, i mean it about Freddie Lundberg though ;-)) ….


AndyMira Says:

Thank you for your understanding sis..although,pssstt!willow..i maybe go check about your info a little later!he he..


Willow Says:

AM Trust me, you will not be dissapointed in what you see (AHEM) LOL ;-)) ….


AndyMira Says:

Willow…ho ho ho ho ho…btw sis..i can’t wait for the new year to come..very excited to see how’s Rafa gonna fare in a new season?…whether we can witness Andy will lift the Norman Brookes Trophy for the 1st time?How long Andy will retain his no 1?Will Rafa gonna win FO[for the last time?]..Urgh!So excited!!


Willow Says:

AM Well i knew you would take a look, i wish i knew how to do links for BBBs benefit lol, anyway yeah moving on shame that the AO doesnt start sooner, as i think Andy has that bit between his teeth now, and Novak has time to regroup, dont know about Rafa but win or lose i want to see him play again, Delpo could be dangerous for one one the top players in their half of the draw, Roger will be back and could pull something big out of the bag, time will tell, all will be revealed, i am excited but want to enjoy my Yuletide first though, so im not wishing my life away ….


AndyMira Says:

Willow..to do a links is easy..

1]..You copy the URL on top of the certain site[the site that have a picture of Marin or Freddie for example]..like TX site up there[www.tennis-x.com etc etc]..First you point the arrow there and u click the RIGHT space on your mouse..and it will show a list of options..

2]And then you click the COPY section..and then go to TX and point the arrow to where you wanna put that link..and click the RIGHT click once again but this time choose a PASTE option..and then..done!See..it’s easy..

PS..Oppss..before you paste the link,make sure that there’s a space between your comment and the link..otherwise it’s not going to work..okay?


Willow Says:

AM I have tried but havent fathomed it out yet, hubby will help me though, so i wont give up till ive cracked the case ;-)) ….


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!Way to go Willow!!!…VAMOS!!


Willow Says:

I Aint done it yet AM, but i think im on the right track, BTW the black ones NSFW LOL, and speaking of work, have to go there, chat later byeee ….


AndyMira Says:

See ya later[tomorrow that is] willow..Good luck at work!


jalep Says:

AM, Don’t hold your breath. :) I’ve tried to get Willow to copy and paste. LOL… good luck!

Meanwhile, all I have to say is Theo James.
http://healthyceleb.com/theo-james-height-weight-body-statistics/20740

The voice is the catch for me –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJtn4V0bylE

I’ll admit watching the Divergent movies because of Theo James. Terrible movie — but… 🤦


AndyMira Says:

@J…Ha ha ha..really?Well,if my magic works on Andy then we hope it will works on Willow as well..Let’s see…

Btw J..Oh my God!Theo James!!I love see him with Divergent actress Shailene..they looks great together…Thanks for the links J…


BBB Says:

Hvala, Wog Boy!


Willow Says:

BBB i thought that picture was funny rather than sexy, im still trying to post a picture of a real hunk in his smalls, but still struggling lol, i will get my hubby to do it for me ….


Willow Says:

^Andy Mira and BBB, ive cracked the case finally, feast your eyes on Freddie in his smalls, Marat sorry no comparison, sorry it came up twice lol ^ ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…Yayyyy!!Finally..you did it!!Ha ha ha…

@Jalep…I told you my magic going to works on willow!


Willow Says:

AndyMira but what did you think ? ….


Willow Says:

Jalep if your reading,i got there in the end, only took all bloomin day lol ….


AndyMira Says:

But Willow..i can’t give my predict atm,my eyes still blind from the sheer torture of yesterday!


Willow Says:

Well prepare for more torture then AndyMira lol ….


Willow Says:

^And the least you could do is take a look, especially after i went to so much trouble ^ ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…Ha ha ha ha..and thank you for your trouble ma’am!


Willow Says:

Id happily make that my screensaver ;-)) ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow..Ha ha..good for you sis!

Top story: Federer, Djokovic Lead Heavily Favored European Team Laver Cup This Weekend