Tennis: International Premier Tennis League announces line-up of coaches

SINGAPORE - Australia's Davis Cup coach Joshua Eagle has been appointed coach of the Singapore Slammers for the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

Eagle, who has five ATP doubles titles, will lead the Singapore team comprising current stars Serena Williams and Tomas Berdych, as well as former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and legend Andre Agassi.

John Laffnie De Jager, non-playing captain of the South Africa Davis Cup team, will coach the UAE team. Two-time grand slam doubles winner Fabrice Santoro is the player-coach of the Micromax Indian Aces, while Treat Huey, world No. 19 in the ATP doubles team rankings, will also be player-coach for the Manila Mavericks.

The IPTL is a mixed-team tournament modelled after cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL). It is played over four legs, with the Singapore leg taking place from Dec 2 to 4.

It features a brand new format, where each match is played over five sets (no-ad scoring) - men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, mixed doubles and former Champions singles. Each game won counts as one point, and the team with the most points over the five sets wins the match.

Tickets for the Singapore leg of the IPTL are on sale at Sports Hub Tix, and start from $49 for a one-day ticket.

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