ROGER Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in Manila?
That could soon be a reality as International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) officials assured that more top tennis stars will be coming over to the Philippines to play in the Manila leg of the event over the next decade.
IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi said the league has inked a pact to hold the Manila event for the next 10 years, which means they will continue to bring over top tennis players to Manila for the coming decade.
So far, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, and Ana Ivanovic are the top names the IPTL has lured to play for four teams in four cities including Manila, which will be host the novel tournament from November 28 to 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Federer and Nadal were actually part of the IPTL but will only play in the other legs in Singapore, India, and Dubai.
But Bhupathi said having popular netters like Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic in Manila are definitely in the cards as they expect a bigger IPTL in the coming years.
“We made sure that the team owners have sustainable power to run this event for many years. Everyone knows that in the first year, there will be challenges and obstacles," he said in an interview with reporters on Friday.
“Once we get past them, hopefully, we could bring someone like a Djokovic or a Nadal to Manila next year. It will just get bigger and bigger,” added Bhupathi.
Sharapova, Murray, and Tsonga will play for the Manila Mavericks with top Filipino netter Treat Huey in a round-robin format consisting of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and legends singles.
Williams will headline the Singapore Slammers while Ivanovic will lead the India squad.