The International Premier Tennis League will "bounce back" despite axing Roger Federer and Serena Williams over money problems and dropping from five tournaments to three, its founder told AFP. Mahesh Bhupathi, who launched the IPTL in 2014, said he was sure "new money" was on its way for the innovative tournament, without specifying where it would come from. "We've had some challenges this year but you know we stayed afloat which was the most important thing so you know, whatever it is, we will bounce back," he said in an interview in Singapore.
We’ve got nine games involving a ranked team today, with two games between two ranked teams. It’s a little bit of a step backwards last week’s 10 and 4, but the good news is that the two games between two ranked foes both involve the Big East. Even weirder, all four teams involved were a part of Big East 2.0. What an odd coincidence. While it isn’t as exciting of a lineup as last week, there’s still a bunch of interesting games on national television today. As always, the comments section is yours to do with as you see fit, and be sure to mention anything interesting that you find on a digital feed. All times Central. 10:30am: Temple vs DePaul, ESPNU 11am: #20 Arizona at Missouri, ESPN2 11am:
IPTL suffered from a poor turnout over all three days of the Singapore leg. Empty seats were seen across all three days of the IPTL from Tuesday to Thursday (6-8 December) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – the average daily attendance was estimated to be about 1000 – 1500, according to a number of people who attended the event.