The global Player Draft for the second edition of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League was held on 12th April 2015 in Dubai. Amidst much anticipation and excitement, the team owners met to put their teams together for the second season scheduled from 2nd – 20th December 2015.
The world’s top men’s tennis players have confirmed their participation for IPTL 2015 led by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer who will be joined by Japanese world no. 1 Kei Nishikori, Richard Gasquet among many others.
The top women’s players represented by Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic will be joined by Daniela Hantuchova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Kristina Mladenovic among the rest.
Adding to the excitement in this unique team tennis competition, Japan was announced as the 5th country on the multi-nation IPTL tour for the second season in 2015 with “Japan Warriors” as the name of the home franchise to compete in the League.
Mahesh Bhupathi, on behalf of the IPTL said: “We started off to an exciting beginning in 2014. The first edition was a resounding success in terms of player and fan acceptance. Television and digital audiences enjoyed a very high level of competition, and we have set a high bar for ourselves. We are confident of building on the success of last year to come back with a bigger and better product in 2015.”
Bhupathi added: “Tennis is on a tremendous growth path in Asia led by Japan. The country boasts of 3 men’s players in the top 100. Japan coming on board as the 5th Asian country led by their top star Nishikori, proves that the league is on the right path.”
The players drafted by last year’s third place team, the Manila Mavericks, are:
|Serena Williams||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|
|Richard Gasquet||Sabine Lisicki|
|Mark Philippousis||Jarmila Gajdosova|
|Borna Coric||Treat Huey|