2014 International Premier Tennis League season

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2014 International Premier Tennis League season
Inaugural season
LeagueInternational Premier Tennis League
SportTeam tennis
Duration28 November–13 December 2014
Number of teams4
TV partner(s)Philippines ABS-CBN
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Media
United States Integrated Sports Media
Singapore SingTel
India STAR Sports
League championsIndian Aces [1]
Runners-upUAE Royals
IPTL seasons

The 2014 International Premier Tennis League season (2014 IPTL season, officially the 2014 Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League Presented by Qatar Airways season pursuant to sponsorship agreements with The Coca-Cola Company and Qatar Airways) is the inaugural season of the professional team tennis league contested by four teams in Asia.

Competition format[edit]

Four teams will compete for the IPTL Challenge Trophy and a US$1 million grand prize by earning the most points in the team standings. A team that wins a match tie is awarded four points. A team that loses a match tie but wins at least 20 games in the match earns two points. A team that loses a match tie but wins at least 10 games earns one point. Each team will play 12 matches: three at home, three on the road and six at neutral sites. Each match comprises five sets each of a different category as follows:

  • Men's singles
  • Women's singles
  • Men's doubles
  • Mixed doubles
  • Past champions' singles

The order of play is decided by the coach of the home team. If two teams are playing at a neutral site, then a coin toss determines which coach chooses the order of play. The first serve in the first set is determined by a coin toss. The team that served last in the last game or tiebreaker of the previous set will receive during the next set.

Each team can call a power point once in each set when receiving serve, and the next point played will count double. Effectively, a player trailing 15–0 can directly get to 15–30 by winning the power point.

Games are played to four points using no-ad scoring. Each game won by a player or doubles team adds one point to the team's score in the match. The team with the most points at the end of the five sets wins the match. Each set is won when a team is the first to reach six games won. If the score is five-games-all, a timed five-minute shoot-out will be played. The player or doubles team leading at the end of five minutes wins the set.

If the team that wins the fifth set is leading the match, the match is over. If the score is tied after one team has won the fifth set, a timed seven-minute men's singles super shoot-out is played. The result counts as a game point won. If the team that wins the fifth set is trailing in the match, the match will go to sudden-death overtime effectively extending the fifth set. If the leading team wins one game in overtime, it wins the match tie. If the trailing team wins enough games in overtime to tie the score without losing a game, a timed seven-minute men's singles super shoot-out is played to decide the winner of the match tie. A coin toss decides who serves first in the super shoot-out.

In the event that two or more teams share the highest points on the final tally, the criteria to decide the champion are

  1. Head-to-head results
  2. Number of games won
  3. Number of games lost
  4. Biggest games margin in any single match win
  5. Coin toss[2]

Founding of the league and charter franchises[edit]

Mahesh Bhupathi announced the founding of the International Premier Tennis League on 25 May 2013, in Paris. The initial plan was to start the league with six charter franchises in Asia with the inaugural season commencing in November 2014.[3]

On 21 January 2014, IPTL announced the locations of the six charter franchises for the league's inaugural season. Five franchises would play their home matches in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and Singapore. A sixth franchise would play its home matches in an undisclosed city in the Middle East.[4] There was confusion surrounding the announcement. Some media outlets reported that there would be five franchises, not six as had been previously announced, and did not include the Hong Kong franchise among the five.[5] Later news reports in February 2014, indicated that there would be five franchises including one based in Hong Kong but not one in the Middle East.[6][7]

IPTL conducted its inaugural player draft on 2 March.[8] Right up until the day before the draft, the media remained under the impression that the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur franchises would participate in the league and that the Middle East franchise was doubtful.[9] However, only four teams participated in the draft: Bangkok, Mumbai, Singapore and Middle East now referred to as the Dubai franchise. No mention was made by IPTL of the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur franchises which had abruptly disappeared.[8]

By May, the Dubai franchise was being referred to as the UAE Falcons, the Mumbai franchise had been named the Indian Aces, and the Singapore franchise was being referred to as the Singapore Lions.[10]

On 10 May, IPTL announced that the Bangkok franchise would be moved to Manila, Philippines due to political unrest in Thailand.[10][11]

On 19 June, an IPTL press release[12] revealed the owners of the four franchises to the general public. The owner of the Indian franchise, Micromax Informatics Ltd. proved to be the reason the team was no longer called the Mumbai franchise, because it preferred to have the team play its home matches in New Delhi. A group called PVP Ventures led by entrepreneur Prasad V Potluri (Telugu: ప్రసాద్ వి పొట్లూరి) and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had been the original franchise owners with a plan to play home matches in Mumbai.[13] While league managing director Bhupathi said PVP Ventures had been replaced by Micromax, because PVP missed a payment deadline, PVP said it had withdrawn from the league due to lack of clarity over how IPTL's business model was progressing and disagreements over player contracts. PVP did not want the team to be solely responsible for payment of player salaries and favored the league being obligated as well.[14]

By June, the Manila franchise had been named the Manila Mavericks, the Falcons had become the UAE Royals and the Lions had become the Singapore Slammers.[15]

Summary of the evolution of the charter franchise names[edit]

Inaugural draft[edit]

For the inaugural draft, each team was subject to a salary cap of US$10 million.[16] Players who had expressed a willingness to participate were selected by the league and placed into categories. Teams could bid on these players with the player signing with the highest bidder in an auction-style format. Bids would be taken on 28 players in which the teams expressed interest in signing including players not categorized by IPTL. Each team participating in the draft was required to sign at least six players and could not sign more than ten.[9]

Players by category[edit]

Players were placed into the following categories:[9]

Draft results[edit]

Four charter franchises (Bangkok, Dubai, Indian Aces and Singapore) participated in the draft held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 2 March 2014.[8]

Category Bangkok Dubai Indian Aces Singapore
Men
Icon players United Kingdom Andy Murray Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal United States Andre Agassi
United States Pete Sampras
Category A France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Category B France Gaël Monfils Australia Lleyton Hewitt
Category C
Category D Serbia Janko Tipsarević
Past champions Spain Carlos Moyá Croatia Goran Ivanišević France Fabrice Santoro Australia Patrick Rafter
Doubles players Canada Daniel Nestor Serbia Nenad Zimonjić India Rohan Bopanna Brazil Bruno Soares
Uncategorized Tunisia Malek Jaziri Australia Nick Kyrgios
Women
Icon players Russia Maria Sharapova Denmark Caroline Wozniacki United States Serena Williams
Category A
Category B Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Category C Switzerland Martina Hingis Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Category D Belgium Kirsten Flipkens India Sania Mirza

Event chronology[edit]

Results table[edit]

References:[18][20][22][23][24][25]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Indian Aces (IND) • Manila Mavericks (MAN) • Singapore Slammers (SIN) • UAE Royals (UAE)

Win  •   Loss  •   Home  •   Away  •   Neutral

Team Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 13
India Indian Aces (2014 season) SIN MAN UAE UAE SIN MAN MAN SIN UAE SIN MAN UAE
26–16 24–15 28–20 30–11 23–24 20–25 26–25 26–16 22–29 28–24 28–13 15–29
Philippines Manila Mavericks (2014 season) UAE IND SIN SIN UAE IND IND UAE SIN UAE IND SIN
24–29 15–24 27–19 29–21 21–26 25–20 25-26 27–24 23–17 25–26 23–28 30–15
Singapore Singapore Slammers (2014 season) IND UAE MAN MAN IND UAE UAE IND MAN IND UAE MAN
16–26 22–28 19–27 21–29 24–23 27–25 16–29 16–26 17–23 24–28 23–21 15–30
United Arab Emirates UAE Royals (2014 season) MAN SIN IND IND MAN SIN SIN MAN IND MAN SIN IND
29–24 28–22 20–28 11–30 26–21 25–27 29–16 24–27 29–22 26–25 21–23 29–15

Standings[edit]

Standings are determined by points with four points awarded for each match won, two points awarded for each match lost in which te team won 20 or more games and one point awarded for each match lost in which the team won between 10 and 19 games. In case of a tie in point, teams are placed by games won percentage.

P Team MP W L L20 L10 Pts GW GL G%
1 India Indian Aces 12 8 4 3 1 39 296 246 54.6%
2 United Arab Emirates UAE Royals 12 7 5 4 1 37 295 279 51.4%
3 Philippines Manila Mavericks 12 6 6 5 1 35 293 273 51.7%
4 Singapore Singapore Slammers 12 3 9 3 6 24 240 315 43.2%

Position summary[edit]

The following table shows the day-by-day position of each team in the league standings.

Team D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12
India Indian Aces 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
United Arab Emirates UAE Royals 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2
Philippines Manila Mavericks 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 3
Singapore Singapore Slammers 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Television coverage[edit]

On 22 August 2014, IPTL announced it had reached an agreement for the Middle East and North Africa television broadcasting rights with Abu Dhabi Media.[26] On 16 October 2014, IPTL announced that STAR Sports would broadcast the league's matches live in both standard definition and high definition in India during its inaugural 2014 season. The league's matches will also be available live on STAR Sports's website.[27] On 4 November 2014, Integrated Sports Media announced it had reached a deal with IPTL to televise every league match of the 2014 season on a pay-per-view basis in the United States.[28] On 7 November 2014, IPTL announced it had reached agreements on television broadcast contracts with ABS-CBN in the Philippines and SingTel in Singapore.[29] ABS-CBN will telecast the matches in the Philippines on the ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Balls channels.[citation needed]

The league also said there would be television coverage of its matches in the United Kingdom, France, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil. In total, television coverage of IPTL matches will be available in more than 125 countries worldwide and reach over 300 million households.[29]

Sponsorship[edit]

On 3 November 2014, IPTL announced that The Coca-Cola Company had become the league's title sponsor.[30]

On 26 November 2014, IPTL announced that Qatar Airways had become the league's presenting sponsor.[31]

Result[edit]

The 1st season of IPTL was won by the Micromax Indian Aces with the runners-up being the Musafir.com UAE Royals

References[edit]

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