No easy play for the World Number One Serena Williams on Sunday! Her struggling Singapore Slammers team needs her greatness when she makes her first appearance at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament.
Serena is set to play Belgian professional Kirsten (“Flipper”) Flipkens, on the Manila Mavericks team, Sunday as the Manila leg of this year’s IPTL tournament ends. She will also play in the mixed doubles.
Josh Eagle, former professional male tennis player & current professional tennis Davis Cup coach from Australia is coaching the Singapore Slammers. “She’s been sending us text messages. She’s really excited about going in,” said Australian coach Josh Eagle. “We’re really excited about Serena coming. She’s an international superstar…. Everyone here in Manila is pretty pumped up and our team has been talking about it,”
Afer Singapore, the IPTL Tour goes on to New Delhi and Dubai next month. The format is quite different and, I find, it most exciting.
Featured in one of the promos for the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament – Serena is appropriately labeled as a tennis player who “Moves Like A Ballerina”…”Hits Like A Warrior”. (Note to US OPEN: this is how you promote the World’s #1 Women’s Champion…OK!!!!)
Seems her team, the SINGAPORE SLAMMERS, is in need of every bit of warrior she possesses…my wager…Serena delivers! Best of all we, Serena fans, get to see her in action and doing what the Isley Brothers sang about…#JAMZwithME (LOL)
Cricket 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.
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
Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Joe Wilfried Tsonga, Kristen Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Treat Huey
MICROMAX INDIAN ACES
Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna and Fabrice Santoro
SINGAPORESLAMMERS 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.
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).
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.
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
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.
HOW TO WATCH SERENAVia TV and On-Line Pay-Per-View
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!!! ‘-)
Serena Williams, in the world of women’s tennis, is the most charismatic player! Serena herself has declared that there are many sides to her personality. Read on to discover why I define her as the most compelling player to listen to; and most definitely, to watch.
Take for example her surprising response in Italian, after winning the 2013 Rome Final! How she charmed the crowds with her language dexterity. And staying true to her–this gurrl loves to have fun–side; watch as she engages in some hilarious champagne popping.
Now let’s talk….about the Serena who tests and goes beyond possibility. Like when she enters the Serena zone. That’s when historical moments occur! Wimbledon 2012: Serena set a record number of 102 aces, topping all other players( men & women) in this category. She won this tournament with 248 winners(102 were Aces).
Ever the perfectionist, Williams demands of herself an extremely high level of performance. And when she doesn’t reach it, frustration can erupt like a volcano! Remember the WTA finals in Singapore? After committing many errors during her Semi Final match against Caroline Wozniacki, watch how the racquet suffers the wrath of Serena!!!
Along with her extraordinary exploits on the tennis court, Serena is all woman. And when she vamps it up, all stop and stare at her beauty: as my MoMsy used to say “proof is in the pudding”; so gaze upon her, wearing Michael Costello, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Post Oscar party. BELLEZA!
I am forever grateful to Serena, and her accomplished sister Venus, for being the initiation to my love of tennis. Humbled am I to witness the unrivaled power, grace and elegance they exude. The tennis world is all the more richer, as are we who witness!
Hip, Hip, Hooray! Venus will be making her comeback in an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Colombia next Wednesday. Remember it was two months ago when she was forced to pull out of the US Open because of an immune system disease. Serena hasn’t played since the finals match of the US Open.
The Williams sisters will play the Italian pair Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in another exhibition match in Milan on 3 December.
If its a healthy Venus making this comeback look to she her ranking rise like the sun each morning. Because of injuries during 2011, Venus’ ranking has fallen to No. 103.
“Within the next 12 months, I’m expecting to get back to the top of the rankings in singles and doubles. I want to play all year-long. I’ve still got a lot of work to do but it doesn’t scare me — I’m used to it.”
She is planning to return to the WTA Tour in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
The best of news is that Venus, in spite of the auto-immune disorder, has been able to keep up her fitness and training routine. Venus told the Gazzetta dello Sport, which is sponsoring the Milan match, that she has continued tennis practice and trains in the gym. As reported in an earlier BlogPage, Venus has changed her diet to fill it with vegetables after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.
“I did a lot of medical therapy and a serious evaluation of my diet to understand which foods help control the symptoms better,” Venus Williams told the Gazzetta, which is sponsoring the Milan exhibition.
“And that’s why I’ve completely changed my diet and filled it with a lot of vegetables,” she said. “In the meantime, I’ve continued to keep myself fit with tennis and in the gym. I’m very confident in my progress.”
Can’t wait to see Venus back in the tennis stride again!
“The London Olympics are a big goal,” the five-time Wimbledon champion said. “I would like to continue playing at my best level. I love tennis and the racket seems like it was made explicitly for my hand.
BARBADOS EXHIBITION TENNIS is no longer on the rocks – and neither is Venus’ availability for it.
Fans will get the chance to see another Williams sister in action as the autoimmune disease that knocked Venus Williams out of last month’s US Open won’t prevent the former world no. 1 from featuring in December’s Tennis Pon de Rock exhibition series. Continue reading →
Without Venus and Serena on the scene for the remainder of the season is really tough on this tennis fan. The Williams Sisters Rock! Now on the women’s side it’s back to that ping-pong mess – I’ll hit the ball to you, then you hit it back to me, and then I’ll hit it again back to you! Pleggonit! Anyway good news, reports are that Venus has announced her intention to play the Australian Open.
Venus withdrew from the US Open prior to her second round match; after announcing she’s been diagnosed with the auto-immune disorder, Sjorgen’s Syndrome. Prayerful the treatment available for this disorder (there is no cure) enables Venus a healthy return to the game. How soon? Hopefully in January when she travels down under!
Below Venus expresses regret about missing play in the Far East!
In 2002, James Blake was named the world’s sexiest athlete by People magazine. If he wasn’t already a tennis player, his good looks could have made him a successful model. As it is, Blake has a modeling contract with IMG models, posed in GQ and Teen Vogue, and modeled fashions for DKNY and Kenneth Cole.
Named the comeback player of the year in 2005 after Blake overcame three devastating events to become one of the best tennis players in the world. Blake again defied the odds in 2011. Due to serious knee problems Blake began his 2011 comeback tour ranked out of the Top 150 for the first time since 2005. His ranking plummeted to 175 only to rise to number 63 as of August 2011!
It’s October 2011, and one thing remain the same,
James Blake is still “Fine as Wine in the Summertime!”