Hyderabad to host third edition of IPTL

Hyderabad will host the third-leg of the third edition of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here from December 9 to 11. The tickets for the League will be available from November 25 with a price of a three-day pass starting at Rs.15,000.

Mahesh informed that the first-leg will be held in Tokyo (December 2-4) then the IPTL moves on to Singapore (December 6-8) before coming to Hyderabad for the final phase.   -  Special Arrangement

Hyderabad will host the third-leg of the third edition of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here from December 9 to 10 and the final on December 11, according to Mr. K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for IT and also president of Telangana Tennis Association.

Speaking to media in the presence of IPTL Director Mahesh Bhupathi, Mr. Rama Rao said he had personally requested the latter to consider Hyderabad as one of the venues for the IPTL and was glad that it was accepted.

“We take pride in hosting this mega tennis event featuring some of the top 30 players (both men and women) in the world. We assure the organisers complete support in making it a grand success,” the Minister remarked.

“I have also appealed to Mahesh to set up his Academy in Hyderabad and that he is looking for a partnership with him beyond this edition of IPTL. We want to have it at least for another four to five years,” Mr. Rama Rao said.” “It is the endeavour of the Government to promote sports in a big way and we are determined to give it, new direction for anyone involved in the field,” he observed.

For his part, Mahesh informed that the first-leg will be held in Tokyo (December 2-4) then the IPTL moves on to Singapore (December 6-8) before coming to Hyderabad for the final phase. “We hope the sports-loving Hyderabad will make it a big success given the fact that the local princess of tennis, Sania Mirza, will be playing for Indian Aces.

He also released the list of players who will feature in the IPTL and even though it doesn’t mention the likes of Roger Federer, Mahesh made it a point that the Swiss legend will be here. The tickets for the League will be available on kyazoonga.com from November 25 with a price of a three-day pass starting at Rs.15,000.

The complete teams list is as follows:

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, Thomas Johansson and Daniel Nestor.

Singapore Slammers: Serena Williams, Nick Kyrgios, Marcos Baghdatis, Kiki Bertns, Carlos Moya and Marcelo Melo.

Indian Aces: Feliciano Lopez, Ivan Dodig, Eugenie Bouchard, Thomas Enqvist, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.