When they press PLAY in the 2015 Australian Open who will come not just to play…but prevail as victor?

Serena Williams has been winning Grand Slam titles for 15 years now – three years more than any other winning span in the Open Era. Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, well here are several…’-)

Venus to Join Sister Serena Sunday for South Beach Run

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Venus Williams will be standing by her younger sister Serena on Sunday, when she kicks off her first
“Serena Williams Ultimate Run” in South Beach at 8 a.m. on December 14!

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“She’s always been a better runner, because she has those long legs,” Serena says. “She just runs so easily.”

Other tennis stars, including Andy Murray and Chris Evert, are expected, and then, there’s three-time New York marathon champ Alberto Salazar and four-time world champion triathlete Leanda Cave.

SERENA IS RUNNING…but she’s a little nervous, she says, because she’s considering upgrading from the event’s 5K run to the quarter-marathon (6.55 miles). Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, ran a sub-25-minute 5K in the city earlier this year.

 “I just want to challenge myself,” she says, although she hasn’t made a final determination.

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But I also want to run with the fans, and support them,” Serena says.

The Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), 5K Run/Walk and Ultimate KIDS Dash will bring together runners of all ages and abilities. Proceeds will benefit the Serena Williams Foundation, which is aimed at helping youth all over the world.  It provides assistance to families affected by violent crimes and provides underprivileged youth around the world with the highest quality of education available to them.

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The foundation’s efforts are two-fold: First, it provides financial support to kids whose families are affected by violent crimes (Williams’s own half-sister was killed by a gunshot in 2003). The tennis player now raises money for families working to rebuild from tragedy, helping them secure counseling, daycare, housing, food, and education.
“It is the hope of the Serena Williams Foundation to continue to [bring about] change in the lives of children who have been negatively affected by violence in the US,” says Williams.

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The race starts on the sand on South Beach, which is appropriate because Serena says she considers South Florida home, having lived in Palm Beach County for more than a decade. Serena is joining all runners and before the race begins she will speak at the Start Line; then she will sing karaoke at the Post Race Party!

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  • All participants in the 5K and Quarter Marathon will receive an artisan finisher medal
  • All KIDS Dash participants will receive a special kids medal

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“Fans Go Crazy when Serena Williams Plays IPTL in Manila”

Everyone, I mean, just walking out to the court to warm up and hear the crowd was spectacular and unexpected,” remarked Serena Williams. “It’s really an honor to feel that. The reception has been amazing. was so nice.

SERENAWELCOMEI’ve never played and never been here. So it feels good to come to countries like this because you realize that we have fans everywhere so it’s really a good time and great opportunity to play here,” Williams said.

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When the tennis women’s World#1  stepped on the court in Manila to warm up, the crowd went absolutely crazy!

Watch Serena as she warms up side-by-side with Andy Murray; courtesy of fan xarlotieMarie Charlotte Ayao.

Even Serena’s remarks reflect that she was caught by surprise at the outpouring of love she received halfway across the world.  Today’s action is her only appearance in the Manila leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) tour.

RESULTS OF SERENA’S PLAY IN MANILA

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Serena’s first appearance on court for her team, Singapore Slammers,  involved mixed doubles play. She partnered with  Lleyton Hewitt in competition against the duo of Manila Mavericks’ Andy Murray and Kirsten Flipkens.

Action resulted in a loss for Serena/Hewitt as Murray and Flipkens combined better to get a 6-1 win. Though playing against the home team, Serena was cheered on by the Filipino fans.

Keeping mindful that she had “Work To Do” for her Singapore Slammers team, inspite of the mixed double pounding 1-6 loss: the player IPTL is promoting as

“Hitting Like a Warrior”…

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Serena proceeded to serenainactiondefeat Kirsten Flipkens 6-3serenasquatin singles play. Next stop for the tour is Singapore and here’s hoping that Serena’s victory proves to be just what the doctor ordered for the still win-less Singapore Slammers in team based play.

After a year of ups and downs culminating with her joining tennis legends

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Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the Elite “18 Club” (players with 18 grand slam titles):serenabracelet for this Serena Williams fan…it’s  great to see her having “a lot of fun”!!!

Awesome photo of the IPTL Singapore Slammers team with friends. Pictured :  Nick Kyrgios, Rohan Bopanna, Thomas Berdych, and, of course the Star of the team, Serena Williams.
Awesome photo of the IPTL Singapore Slammers team with friends. Pictured: Nick Kyrgios, Rohan Bopanna, Thomas Berdych, and, of course the Star of the team, Serena Williams.

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“Serena Williams headlines exciting International Premier Tennis League (IPTL)”: GuestBlogger BlackPearlMoi

singapore-slammers1-1416982834Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and fellow Singapore Slammers co-owners announced Serena Williams will headline a star-studded line-up that includes legends when the inaugural International Premier League gets under way.

IPTL COO Eric Gottschalk; Singapore Slammers CEO Vikas Gehlot; IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi; Singapore Slammers co-owner Sunil Gavaskar; Quek Tun Lin, Vice-President of Singapore Tennis Association; and Singapore Slammers co-owners Kishan Gehlot, Shashi Kiran Shetty and Ajay Sethi at the official launch of the IPTL and Singapore Slammers.
IPTL COO Eric Gottschalk; Singapore Slammers CEO Vikas Gehlot; IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi; Singapore Slammers co-owner Sunil Gavaskar; Quek Tun Lin, Vice-President of Singapore Tennis Association; and Singapore Slammers co-owners Kishan Gehlot, Shashi Kiran Shetty and Ajay Sethi at the official launch of the IPTL and Singapore Slammers.

Along with current world No. 1 Serena, 17-time major tournament champion Federer, current world No.1; and, seven-time major champion Djokovic headline the players competing in the inaugural season of the IPTL.

Legends also feature in League play, including past champions such as 14-time majors Pete Sampras and career Golden Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi; along with other top current players including 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, 2014 Wimbledon finalist.

TEAM ROSTERS ARE BELOW

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Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Joe Wilfried Tsonga, Kristen Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Treat Huey

 

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Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna and Fabrice Santoro

 

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Serena is the star name on the Singapore Slammers side, with former Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi also on board for the legends competition. Team also includes Thomas Berdych, Daniela Hantuchova and Bruno Soares.  Add to team roster legend Patrick Rafter, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Australian, young talented, Nick Kyrgios.untitled

Singapore Slammers will take on Team Manila, Indian Aces and UAE Royals in successive three-day events in Manila (November 28-30), Singapore (December 2-4), Delhi (December 6-8) and Dubai (December 11-13).

 

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Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Genie Bouchard, Malek Jaziri and Nenad Zimonjic

 

HOW THE TOURNAMENT WILL OPERATE

Starting in Manila on Friday, the two-week competition will see four teams of tennis stars past and present play at four venues across Asia.

Organizers have billed the competition as a “revolutionary new take on tennis”! Promising an exciting, fast-paced format to include time-outs, power points and a shot clock to speed up the match.

The unique International Premier League format will see each of the four teams play three times in each city, with Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai hosting the latter stages of the challenge.

Each match will be played over five sets – a set of men’s and women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles and a past champions clash.

For each game won, that side will earn a point, with overall victory going to the side accumulating the most points overall.

The winners of each tie will earn four points for the leaderboard.

A pretty exciting & unique twist – a change to ATP and WTA tours, players will have the chance to call a ‘power point’ where the next point counts as double, while each coach has one time-out per set.

FULL SCHEDULE OF PLAY

Singapore Slammers opening match against Micromax Indian Aces, led by Roger Federer, will be the first encounter of the competition, and could see a legends match between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.th (2)

Dates and times from Singapore:
December 2nd
Aces v Royals (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Mavericks (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)

December 3rd
Mavericks v Royals (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Aces (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)

December 4th
Mavericks v Aces (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Royals (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)

Dates and times from India:
December 6th
Royals v Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Aces v. Mavericks (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)

December 7th
Aces v Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Mavericks v. Royals (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)

December 8th
Mavericks v. Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Aces v. Royals (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)

Dates and times from UAE:
December 11th
Aces v Slammers (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Mavericks (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)

December 12th
Mavericks v Slammers (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Aces (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)

December 13th
Mavericks v Aces (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Slammers (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) official website: www.iptlworld.com

Again, season will begin November 28 in Manila, Philippines. The November 28-30 matches will be played in Manila. The December 2-4 matches will be played in Singapore. It has been confirmed that the Singapore leg will be held at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium, which will hosted the WTA Finals.   The December 6-8 matches will be played in New Delhi, India. And the December 11-13 matches will be played in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), will be available for live viewing via TV and on-line pay-per-view in the United States by Integrated Sports Media beginning November 28th through the conclusion of the season on December 13. All 24 matches of the highly anticipated inaugural season will be available on both cable and satellite pay-per-view – live and for replay – via iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Vubiquity and online at www.GFL.TV..

I don’t know about you … as for me, what the IPTL has lined up has this tennis fan hyped for a tremendously exciting exhibition of tennis by tennis greats! Racquets up!!! ‘-)