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Cash-strapped IPTL will 'bounce back', says founder

Dec 09, 2016 - 6:05 PM

Mahesh Bhupathi offers his side of why the tour eliminated stops in Manila and Dubai

SCALED DOWN. Mahesh Bhupathi, who launched the IPTL in 2014, said he was sure "new money" was on its way for the innovative tournament, without specifying where it would come from. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

No Manila leg for IPTL 2016 season

Nov 25, 2016 - 4:51 AM

The 2016 IPTL tournament will not be played in the Philippines despite fielding a team the first two seasons

NO STOP IN MANILA. The IPTL won't be coming to town in 2016 as the tournament scales back to 3 host cities, 4 teams and fewer big names. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Tennis stars Nadal, Raonic see hope for Filipinos through the sport

Dec 11, 2015 - 3:47 AM

Tennis has a reputation as a sport for the rich but stars Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic see a future where the country can develop its own standouts

Rafa Nadal unsure if he can win another Grand Slam

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:24 PM

I don t know when that will happen and I don t know if that s going to happen the 14 time Grand Slam winner says

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal says retirement isn't on his mind

Dec 09, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Nadal was impressive in his 4 sets during the IPTL s Manila leg proving he can still compete at the highest level of tennis

Nadal: Filipinos are ‘fantastic,' will return to visit Philippine islands

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:55 PM

Nadal s packed schedule in this visit leaves him having to visit the country s islands another time

Raonic stuns Nadal as Mavericks upset Aces to end IPTL Manila leg

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:01 PM

The Philippine Mavericks win all 3 of their homecourt matches after dealing the Micromax Indian Aces their first loss in the 2015 International Premier Tennis League

UPSET. Milos Raonic pulls off an upset over Rafael Nadal in a men's singles thriller as the Philippine Mavericks escape the Micromax Indian Aces. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Royals claim first win in final day of IPTL Manila leg

Dec 08, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The OBI UAE Royals win a close thriller over the OUE Singapore Slammers on the final day of the 2015 IPTL Manila leg

WOMEN'S SINGLES. Ana Ivanovic serves the ball for the OBI UAE Royals. Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

Berdych holds off Kyrgios as UAE Royals survive Singapore Slammers

Dec 08, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The Czech tennis player lifts his team to a win in the IPTL Manila leg

Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

Filipino love of tennis makes Philippines best IPTL stop, says Huey

Dec 08, 2015 - 4:08 AM

The 2015 IPTL season is still scheduled to make stops in New Delhi Dubai and Singapore after Manila

WINNERS. Fil-Am Treat Huey says his sentiment about the reception in the Philippines is shared by all players competing in the IPTL. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Serena Williams puts on show, Mavericks win over Warriors

Dec 07, 2015 - 11:56 PM

The Mavericks outduel the winless Warriors in men s legends singles mixed doubles and women s singles during their 2015 IPTL match

Serena Williams returns a shot. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal vows to return to top form next year

Dec 07, 2015 - 11:26 PM

An improved Rafael Nadal will show up for the 2016 season the world s former top tennis player assures

SERVING A GOOD ONE. Rafa Nadal headband game was on point on Monday. He vows to be back in top form as well for the 2016 season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Serena shines as Mavericks win 3rd straight in IPTL Manila

Dec 07, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Mavericks continue their winning ways while the Warriors remain winless in the 2015 IPTL

3RD STRAIGHT WIN. The Philippine Mavericks, led by Serena Williams, win its third straight match in the 2015 International Premier Tennis League. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Nadal touched by warm reception in first Manila visit, hopes to return

Dec 07, 2015 - 10:24 PM

I’m enjoying the people are so friendly I really hope to come back in the future Rafael Nadal says of his first Manila visit for the 2015 IPTL

MANILA LOVIN'. Rafael Nadal is loving Manila so much he looks forward to returning soon. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Rafa Nadal thrills Manila crowd in IPTL debut

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Nadal goes 2 0 in his first two sets

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal excites Manila as Indian Aces sweep UAE Royals

Dec 07, 2015 - 7:03 PM

The Aces win all 5 sets against the Royals as the Manila crowd shows its appreciation for Rafael Nadal

Serena Williams has put injuries, missed calendar Slam behind her

Dec 07, 2015 - 1:01 AM

Serena Williams said she was ready to rejoin the women s tennis tour after a bout with injuries that caused the world number one to cut short her 2015 season

SERENA IN MANILA. The world's top-ranked women's tennis player says she has dealt with the pain of missing out on a calendar-sweep of the Grand Slam events. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Serena Williams appreciative of ‘wonderful reception’ in Philippines

Dec 07, 2015 - 12:15 AM

It’s great I love the crowd here Williams says after the Mavericks defeated the OBI UAE Royals

WORLD'S BEST. Serena Williams is a fan-favorite in the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tennis bad boy Kyrgios says he's matured, aims for first Grand Slam final

Dec 06, 2015 - 11:16 PM

Nick Kyrgios who is in Manila for IPTL says he s a different person after earning a suspended ban for sexual comments about Stan Wawrinka s girlfriend

BAD BOY. Nick Kyrgios says additional gym work and diet has helped him improve his fitness. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Williams bounces back, Mavericks dominate Royals in IPTL Manila

Dec 06, 2015 - 10:54 PM

The Philippine Mavericks continue their winning ways with a total 29 18 win over the OBI UAE Royals on day one of the IPTL 2015 Manila leg

DAY ONE WIN. Serena Williams wins her women's singles set as the Philippine Mavericks thrash the OBI UAE Royals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Advice to Pacquiao from tennis great turned politician Safin

Dec 06, 2015 - 9:31 PM

Good luck to Manny Pacquiao Don’t hit anybody in the Senate says former tennis world no 1 Marat Safin

BE PATIENT. Marat Safin, who was elected into Russian Parliament in 2011, offers advice to senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao during IPTL 2015. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Singapore Slammers cruise past Japan Warriors to open IPTL Manila leg

Dec 06, 2015 - 7:27 PM

The Slammers prevail in 4 of the 5 sets

IN PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal conducts tennis clinic in PH

Dec 06, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Rafael Nadal a 9 time French Open champion hosts a tennis clinic for 60 Filipino kids in Manila

TENNIS CLINIC. Rafael Nadal hosts a tennis clinic in Manila to promote the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy, which opens in Spain next year. Photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

WATCH: Rafael Nadal, uncle Toni teach young Filipina to play tennis

Dec 06, 2015 - 5:37 PM

One little Filipina girl who couldn t return a Rafa Nadal tap got the tennis lesson of a lifetime at Colegio San Agustin in Makati City

LESS-ON IS MORE. Toni Nadal, the uncle/coach of Rafael Nadal, gives a young Filipina girl an invaluable tutorial. Photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal arrives in Manila for IPTL

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:21 AM

The Spanish tennis star will be one of the main attractions of the International Premier Tennis League s 3 day Manila stop which begins Sunday afternoon

BACK IN MANILA. World no. 5 Rafael Nadal returns to Manila for his second tour with the International Premier Tennis League. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

IPTL 2015: A guide to big-time tennis in Manila

Dec 05, 2015 - 12:22 AM

Which team is your favorite tennis star playing for? How are the rules different? This explainer will teach you everything you need to know about IPTL

Catch Williams, Nadal and other tennis superstars at the Int'l Premier Tennis League

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:24 AM

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International Premier Tennis League returns to Manila

Nov 25, 2015 - 1:26 PM

Icons like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will compete at the Mall of Asia Arena this year

Rafa Nadal, Serena to play in Manila for IPTL this December

May 21, 2015 - 7:50 PM

World no 1 Serena Williams will headline the Philippine Mavericks while Rafa will play for the Micromax Indian Aces

Spanish claycourt specialist Rafa Nadal (L) and 19-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams (R) will play in Manila later this year. Photos from Shuttershock

Agassi 'shockingly uncomfortable' in IPTL debut

Dec 03, 2014 - 3:17 AM

Agassi likened the IPTL s quickfire format with one set matches hurried along by a 20 second serve clock to the pressure of facing his arch rival 14 time Slam champion Pete Sampras

Andre Agassi says the new IPTL rules take some getting used to. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

With Manila as a pillar, IPTL ushers in a new age for tennis

Dec 02, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Manila was the first city to see an experimental set of rules that could revolutionize the game of tennis

Serena Williams, the world's number one ranked female tennis player, was among those who competed in the Manila leg of the International Premier Tennis League. File photo by Josh Albelda

Bhupathi declares IPTL a success, dismisses critics

Dec 01, 2014 - 7:08 AM

Critics who have dismissed the International Premier Tennis League as a meaningless event has been proven wrong by huge crowds turning up to cheer some of the sport s biggest names IPTL s founder says

BIG BOSS. Mahesh Bhupathi, 12-time tennis grand slam doubles champion and founder of the International Premier Tennis League, attends a press conference in Singapore on November 20, 2014. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Williams shines but Mavericks beat Slammers to close Manila Leg

Dec 01, 2014 - 12:49 AM

The Manila leg of the International Premier Tennis League closes as Serena Williams makes her Philippine debut and the Manila Mavericks outlast the Singapore Slammers

Serena Williams returns a volley in her Manila debut. File photo by Josh Albelda

IN PHOTOS: Serena Williams takes Manila

Dec 01, 2014 - 12:02 AM

The top rated female tennis player in the world hit Manila for a one night only engagement at the Mall of Asia Arena

Photo by Josh Albelda

Indian Aces finish IPTL Manila Leg unbeaten

Nov 30, 2014 - 8:54 PM

The Indian Aces danced The Dougie after sweeping the first leg of the IPTL with a 3 0 record

Gael Monfils shows he knows how to play tennis and do The Dougie. File photo by Josh Albelda

Sharapova tormented by shot-clock in speedy IPTL play

Nov 30, 2014 - 1:50 PM

I feel like pressing snooze all the time Maria Sharapova says of the 20 second shot clock intended to speed up the game

Maria Sharapova reaches to return a volley. File photo by Josh Albelda

Ivanovic out-duels Sharapova as Aces take down Mavericks

Nov 29, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova put on a match to remember in day two of the International Premier Tennis League in Manila

Ana Ivanovic bested Maria Sharapova in their singles match. Photo by Josh Albelda

Royals outlast Slammers in Day 2 of IPTL Manila leg

Nov 29, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The UAE Royals won their second straight fixture leaping to the top of the IPTL standings

Kristina Mladenovic and the UAE Royals remained unbeaten after winning their second straight fixture. Photo by Josh Albelda

Ana Ivanovic on Filipino crowd: They were amazing

Nov 29, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The crowd was amazing They were really into the match said Ivanovic after day one of the International Premier Tennis League in Manila

Ana Ivanovic may not be playing for the Manila team but she felt the love from the crowd nonetheless. Photo by Josh Albelda

Sharapova shines, Murray falters in Manila debut

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:38 PM

Maria Sharapova secured an improbable comeback win but Andy Murray and their Manila Mavericks lose four of five matches in Day One of the IPTL

Maria Sharapova's 5-2 comeback was the only victory for the Manila Mavericks. Photo by Josh Albelda

Indian Aces open IPTL Manila leg with win over Singapore Slammers

Nov 28, 2014 - 9:16 PM

The Indian Aces commenced the 2014 Coca Cola International Premier Tennis League tournament with a 26 16 victory over the Singapore Slammers

Ana Ivanovic returns a volley at the Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Josh Albelda

Murray, Sharapova headline IPTL Manila Leg opening day

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Andy Murray Maria Sharapova and Ava Ivanovic will take the court in Manila for the first leg of the International Premier Tennis League

From left: Treat Huey, Manila Mavericks; Morgan Menahem, IPTL (CEO); Fabrice Santoro; Micromax Indian Aces (Player-Coach); Eric M. Gottschalk, IPTL (COO); Marin Cilic, UAE Royals; John Leffine de Jagger (UAE Royals Coach) and Josh Eagle, DBS Singapore Slammers Coach. Photo by Josh Albelda

Maria Sharapova arrives in PH for IPTL

Nov 28, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Sharapova will be part of Team Manila Mavericks that will compete in International Premier Tennis League

Maria Sharapova arrives in the Philippines late Thursday evening for the IPTL. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobera/Rappler

Tennis: New rules, please, as IPTL starts

Nov 27, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Skepticism has mingled with curiosity in the build up to the International Premier Tennis League which will dramatically shorten matches and aims to jazz up tennis as a spectacle

The International Premier Tennis League trophy. Image courtesy IPTL

Federer replaces Nadal in International Premier Tennis League

Sep 22, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Injured Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is pulling out and will be replaced by Swiss ace Roger Federer in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League

Roger Federer will step in for the injured Rafa Nadal. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Agassi, Serena will banner Singapore team in IPTL

Aug 04, 2014 - 7:42 PM

The International Premier Tennis League announced that American tennis stars Andre Agassi and Serena Williams will banner the Singapore Slammers in the upcoming competition

Tennis star Andre Agassi, seen here during an exhibition match in the Czech Republic, will compete for the Singapore team in the upcoming IPTL. Photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Tennis stars Murray, Sharapova banner Manila Mavs in ITPL 1st leg

Jul 24, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Fil Am doubles specialist Treat Huey joins Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova on the Manila Mavericks who will compete in the kick off leg of the International Premier Tennis League

Andy Murray (L) and Maria Sharapova (R) are just two of the international tennis stars who will invade Manila in November. Photos by Kerim Okten and Andy Rain/EPA

Nadal, Serena headline 'Grand Slam’-like tennis tournament in Manila

May 12, 2014 - 6:27 PM

“An event like this is the close you can get to a tennis Grand Slam or a World Group Davis Cup final says Philippine Tennis Association vice president Randy Villanueva of November s event

MANILA GRAND SLAM. Andy Murray (L) and Rafael Nadal (R) are two of the tennis stars who are slated to play in Manila in November. Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Tennis greats Murray, Nadal expected to play in Manila for IPTL

May 12, 2014 - 10:23 AM

The world s best tennis players are expected to arrive in Manila in November as part of the first ever International Premier Tennis League

NETTERS IN MANILA. England's Andy Murray will be one of the tennis stars who will compete in Manila later this year. Photo by Zipi/EPA