03 September 2014

This Time a Real Game ... in Tennis

Maria Sharapova
Let us pause for awhile and stop talking about Manny Pacquiao’s blind determination to prove to everyone that he has what it takes to be a professional basketball player.

Let us also give our Gilas Pilipinas boys a short break from both the critics and admirers because they serve that much time to prepare for their next match against Puerto Rico.

In fact, let us all give ourselves a break from basketball in general and focus on another sports, tennis.

Do you know that the country will be hosting the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) season from 28 – 30 November 2014? This means that Filipinos will have a chance to get a front row seat and get to watch the biggest names in tennis, including Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, and Serena Williams.

Mall of Asia Arena, the architectural ‘eye’con under lifestyle and entertainment solutions company, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. will host the epic three-day display of sport and entertainment. During the three-day extravaganza, the Manila Mavericks will take on the UAE Royals, Singapore Slammers, and Indian Aces for the winning team’s purse of US$ 1 million.

The Manila Mavericks team is composed of Sharapova, Murray, teammates Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Kirsten Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya, and top Philippine player Treat Huey. Williams, Tomas Berdych, Lleyton Hewitt, and Patrick Rafter will play for the Singapore Slammers.

Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, and Fabrice Santoro will play for the Indian Aces. Richard Gasquet, Goran Ivanisevic, and Eugenie Bouchard, on the other hand, will play for the UAE Royals.

The IPTL is a unique team-based tennis league founded by multiple grand-slam tennis winner, India’s Mahesh Bhupathi. Featuring 21 Grand Slam Champions and 14 World Number Ones, the league will play across four countries in Asia, namely Manila, Singapore, India, and Dubai from 28 November to 13 December 2014.

Everything is now set. However, only one more advice to the organizers before we start saving up for the tickets: JUST MAKE SURE THAT THERE’S REALLY A GAME AND NOT JUST DRILLS.

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