Serena Williams Set to Return at the IPTL in Saitama, near Tokyo Next Month

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The 35-year-old tennis star player would oncea again for the Last time this Year beon court again as she would be playing in the Scaled-Down IPTL competition scheduled for December this Year.

According to Sportinglife.com:

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all Serena Williams Set to Return at the IPTL in Saitama, near Tokyo Next Month featured in last year’s edition, while Novak Djokovic played in 2014. However, despite speculation that Federer and Nadal would use the event to launch their comebacks from injury, neither appeared on the team rosters when they were revealed on Thursday.

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Serena Williams Set to Return at the IPTL in Saitama, near Tokyo Next Month


World number two Williams will play for the defending champions, Singapore Slammers.

Kei Nishikori will be the highest-ranked male player on show – he’ll be the star man for the Japan Warriors. Tomas Berdych, who will represent the UAE Royals, is the only other top-10-ranked player signed up to play.

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Serena Williams Set to Return at the IPTL in Saitama, near Tokyo Next Month

The 2016 tournament – the third since the IPTL’s inception – will feature only four teams and be played at just three venues. Last year there were five teams and the same number of host cities.

With political unrest in their country, the Philippine Mavericks have dropped out of the competition.

Manila is therefore off the schedule, as is Dubai, although the UAE Royals have still entered.

The event will begin on December 2 with a three-day stunt in Saitama, near Tokyo. From there it will head to Singapore from December 6-8. The last leg, which will include the final, will be held in Hyderabad with the Indian Aces having relocated from Delhi.

The teams will each play eight matches in the league stage with the top two qualifying for a one-off final.

IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi spoke of “difficult choices” having had to be made when launching the event on Thursday.

A longer, five-city schedule had initially been announced. While there are hopes for a return to such a format in 2017, the long-term future of the short-format tennis tournament will doubtless by called into question in some quarters.

The competition sees matches comprised of five sets – one in each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and legends’ singles.

Widely seen as tennis’ answer to cricket’s Twenty20 format, it includes Power Points – worth double – player substitutions, no service lets and a shot clock.

IPTL 2016 team rosters:
Japan Warriors: Kei Nishikori, Fernando Verdasco, Kurumi Nara, Jelena Jankovic, Fernando Gonzalez, Marat Safin, Jean-Julien Rojer

UAE Royals: Tomas Berdych, Pablo Cuevas, Ana Ivanovic, Martina Hingis, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Johansson, Daniel Nestor

Singapore Slammers: Serena Williams, Nick Kyrgios, Marcos Baghdatis, Kiki Bertens, Carlos Moya, Rainer Schuettler, Marcelo Melo

Indian Aces: Feliciano Lopez, Ivan Dodig, Eugenie Bouchard, Thomas Enqvist, Mark Philippoussis , Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna

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