Already struggling to get star power this year, IPTL has been hit further as neither Swiss icon Roger Federer nor American legend Serena Williams will be part of the popular league this season, due to prevailing “economic climate” in India.
International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) founder Mahesh Bhuapthi, India’s one of the most successful doubles player, confirmed the absence of the two star players.
While Federer was not named in any side, he was expected to be part of the Indian Aces while Serena was named in the Singapore Slammers squad.
“We have had challenges this year and we are hoping to get past them. With current economic climate in India and
uncertainty of spending money, I reached out to both Roger (Federer) and Serena (Williams) to explain the situation. They have been very supportive of the IPTL the first two seasons and we look forward to bring them in Futures,” Bhupathi said in a statement.
Earlier, Federer’s agent Tony Godsick is reported to have told New York Times, “Based on some problems and uncertainties surrounding the IPTL this year, Roger won’t be playing but he hopes to play in future years if the IPTL continues.”
After the Japan-leg, UAE Royals are sitting on top of the table, followed by Indian Aces.
(With PTI inputs)