• IPTL event to inspire Pinoy netters

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    Serena Williams is among the tennis superstars to grace the IPTL event in Manila on December 6 to 8. AFP FILE PHOTO

    Serena Williams is among the tennis superstars to grace the IPTL event in Manila on December 6 to 8. AFP FILE PHOTO

    The staging of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Manila will be a great source of motivation for current and future Filipino tennis players, according to national team tennis coach Roland Kraut.

    “IPTL is going to be very exciting this year. Last year, PJ Tierro was able to hit a few balls with Kirsten Flipkens and it boosted his confidence. This year, I hope that our tennis athletes can closely learn from [Rafael] Nadal, [Serena] Williams and other big tennis stars coming to the Philippines. Even watching them play live is already such a treat for budding tennis enthusiasts,” said Kraut.

    Owners of the Philippine Mavericks officially announced the coming of tennis greats to the Philippines on December 6 to 8. The event will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    Public selling of the three-day tennis event has officially begun with early bird rates extending as much as 15 percent in discount.

    The VIP ticket costs P49,000 while the other ticket prices are P40,000 (patron), P23,000 (lowerbox), P11,000 (upperbox) and P2,600 (general admission).

    The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) brings together current champions, tennis legends and upcoming talent in a format that’s never been seen before.

    Following a very successful three-day tennis tournament with over 30,000 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena in 2014, the IPTL Manila leg will be bringing top-ranked and multi-awarded tennis players to the Philippines for its second season, with Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Ivanisevic, Moya, Pliskova, Bopanna, Santoro, and Nestor as part of the visiting roster.

    Kraut said the IPTL serves as a good venue to encourage more young players to play the sport.

    “We need a deeper and more confident pool of singles players. Though this was the best that I have seen Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales play in doubles, we need more inspired and driven athletes ready for the global court,” added Kraut.

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