Tennis: S'pore could host top names like Djokovic, Nadal in Tennis Premier League

Singapore will be among six Asian cities to play host to the inaugural season of the International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) in December next year.

Top players such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova as well as legends like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have pledged their commitment to the ITPL, announced early Saturday morning (Singapore time) at a media event in Paris where the French Open will begin tomorrow.

The three-week tournament will be played in the off-season using a shorter and quicker format, and will feature home and away ties. Each tie will have five matches - men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, mixed doubles and a legend's singles.

The Straits Times understands that an international company with headquarters here have been in talks to take up ownership of a Singapore team. Matches will likely be played at the Singapore Indoor Stadium or the Multi-Purpose Indoor Arena at the Sports Hub. The league is expected to expand to 10 teams by its third year.