Tennis: Stan Wawrinka first of stars to arrive in S'pore for finale of Int'l Premier Tennis League

Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka arrives in Singapore on Dec 17, 2015.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka arrives in Singapore on Dec 17, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka touched down in Singapore on Thursday evening, the first of the tennis stars who will be here to play in this year's finale of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) this weekend.

The world No. 4, who is the headline act of the OUE Singapore Slammers on its home leg, is making his debut in the IPTL, which is into its second edition.

Said the Swiss, who picked up his second major title at the French Open this year: "I have watched quite a few matches of the IPTL and it's going to be something exciting for the team with different rules, so let's see what is going to happen in the next few days.

"It is my first time in Singapore. I know it is a crazy city, with some really nice places to see, so hopefully I have some time to look around."

The Slammers will play the Obi UAE Royals on Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, with Wawrinka set for a titanic clash with fellow Swiss Roger Federer in the men's singles match.

Other players, who are travelling to Singapore from Dubai where the previous leg was held, are slated to arrive later on Thursday night. Federer is set to arrive on Friday morning. Those who will feature in Singapore, the last of five legs this year, include former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, Marat Safin, Mark Philippoussis, Marin Cilic, Belinda Bencic, Bernard Tomic and Sania Mirza.

The Legendari Japan Warriors will first face the Philippine Mavericks at 4pm before the Slammers take the court at 7pm.

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