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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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