Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka join Singapore Slammers in IPTL
Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have announced their participation in the International Premier Tennis League this month
Two-time Grand Slam winners Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have announced their participation in the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League.
The IPTL kicks off on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan and will run through to 20 December 2015 in Singapore.
While Murray will be returning for the second season, Wawrinka will be making his debut in the five-nation tennis league, the only one of its kind in the world.
Both Murray and Wawrinka will be playing for the Singapore Slammers, along with fellow team-mates Nick Kyrgios, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Plíšková, Dustin Brown, Carlos Moya and Marcelo Melo.
World No1 Novak Djokovic, however, has chosen to withdraw from the second season. The Serb played for the UAE Royals in the inaugural edition, and was drafted by the Singapore Slammers for the second edition.
On his non-participation, Djokovic said: “I had a great experience in the inaugural edition of the IPTL and was eagerly looking forward to playing in the second season, especially in front of the home crowd in Singapore.
“It’s been a long year for me and my body needs some extra time to recover. I wish the team the very best and will join them next year.”
Murray was part of the Manila Mavericks (re-christened ‘Philippine Mavericks’ in season two) in the inaugural edition and will be joining the Singapore Slammers in the second season.
Wawrinka and Murray join a formidable array of tennis superstars that include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios among others.
Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Kristina Mladenovic, Sania Mirza are just some of the names leading the women’s charge in the league.