Tennis league's Singapore Slammers get $2m boost from OUE

Home-grown property developer OUE has signed on as the title sponsor of the Singapore Slammers, the home side competing in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), for the next three years.

While no figures were released in the announcement yesterday, The Straits Times understands that the deal is worth more than $2 million over three years. This is the second time OUE has partnered sport, after extending its title sponsorship of badminton's Singapore Open last year until 2017.

The OUE Singapore Slammers have world No. 1 Novak Djokovic as their headline act, with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya and up-and-coming players such as Belinda Bencic also in the line-up.

With about 35 of some of tennis' biggest stars pencilled in to play at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, OUE hopes the presence of players will help light a spark in the hearts of young budding players here.

The Singapore side are one of five teams in the league, now into its second edition.

Matches will be played in Japan, the Philippines, India and Dubai before the finale in Singapore from Dec 18-20.

Roger Federer, who plays for the UAE Royals, has also confirmed his attendance for the Singapore leg.

With about 35 of some of tennis' biggest stars pencilled in to play at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, OUE hopes the presence of players will help light a spark in the hearts of young budding players here.

As part of the partnership, OUE will organise community engagement events, such as a charity fundraising initiative where the public will get to play with Federer.

Said Stephen Riady, executive chairman of OUE: "Through our sponsorship of the Singapore Slammers, OUE also hopes to boost the profile of tennis in Singapore, give opportunities for up-and-coming local players to be inspired, as well as do our part to make Singapore a vibrant hub for tennis and sports in the region."

The IPTL, the brainchild of Indian doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi, is a mixed-team tournament with an abbreviated format.

• Tickets to the Singapore leg of the 2015 IPTL are available through Sports Hub Tix.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2015, with the headline 'Tennis league's Singapore Slammers get $2m boost from OUE'. Print Edition | Subscribe