International Premier Tennis League 2014 Team Rosters and Top Players

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International Premier Tennis League 2014 Team Rosters and Top Players
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With the curtain closed on the ATP World Series and Davis Cup, International Premier Tennis League opens in Manila, Philippines, on Friday. Primary attractions from the men’s game include Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, while the best from the women’s game are represented by Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

The competition is set up across a 16-day period in what organisers describe as an event that “combines world-class sports and entertainment in a format that keeps both spectators and TV viewers completely engrossed.”

Manila Mavericks
Andy Murray Carlos Moya
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Maria Sharapova
Kirsten Flipkens Treat Huey
Daniel Nestor

Singapore Slammers
Serena Williams Daniela Hantuchova
Tomas Berdych Bruno Soares
Lleyton Hewitt Patrick Rafter
Nick Kyrgios

Micromax Indian Aces
Rodger Federer Sania Mirza
Pete Sampras Rohan Bopanna
Gael Monfils Fabrice Santoro
Ana Ivanovic

UAE Royals
Novak Djokovic Goran Ivanisevic
Caroline Wozniacki Eugenie Bouchard
Malek Jaziri Marin Cilic
Nenad Zimonjic

Four teams—Manila Mavericks, Singapore Slammers, Micromax Indian Aces and UAE Royals—contest points in matches free from advantage scoring. Each match is decided from a best-of-five-sets format. Team points are determined by the number of games each win. One game equals one point. Tiebreakers are effectively replaced by "Shoot Outs," with "Super Shoot Outs reserved to decide a fifth set that requires a tiebreak to be played.

Players to Watch

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Gael Monfils - Micromax Indian Aces

Once ranked as high as world No. 7, the charismatic Frenchman has five ATP singles titles to his name. After slipping outside the top 20 this year, Monfils will see the competition as a break from his struggles to win ranking events. His energetic playing ability is well suited to a team game, and opponents will fear his combative groundstrokes from the baseline.

Daniel Nestor - Manila Mavericks

The accomplished doubles player is as competitive as they come. At 42, the Canadian has little left to prove in a career that has amassed 12 Grand Slam doubles titles. Thrilling displays of fast-paced shot-making remain a feature of his tennis. His formidable mixed doubles record with regular partner Kristina Mladenovic marks him out as an under-the-radar threat.

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Eugenie Bouchard - UAE Royals

Bouchard’s coming-of-age performance at Wimbledon in 2014 was spoiled only by a final defeat to the unflappable Petra Kvitova in July. Lately her form has dipped, and she's slumped to three losses at the WTA Finals in Singapore. When at her attacking best the game looks easy for the 20-year-old. She returns well and forces opponents outside their comfort zone, which will be key in this trigger-finger format of the game.

Caroline Wozniacki - UAE Royals

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The absence of attention surrounding Wozniacki’s private life has helped resurrect her season. Victory at the Istanbul Cup in July was completed in emphatic fashion as she destroyed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1. With a reputation for working hard to secure points, Wozniacki boasts every shot in the locker. Though her own lack of power has meant she has consistently fallen short of upsetting near-rivals, her depth of Grand Slam experience makes her a quality team player.     

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