It's been a sketchy last few days for the Indian Premier Tennis League with one blogger suggesting it wasn't going ahead at all and several other outlets all reporting different things around the number of teams and venues. But it looks as though things are started to clear up…
What we know for certain is there's 3 legs — Japan, Singapore and India. With 4 teams competing — the UAE Royals, Indian Aces, OUE Singapore Slammers and Japan Warriors. We also know the vast majority of team lineups but is Federer taking part?
So far it's been difficult to get any real confirmation. At one point he was listed on the IPTL website, then removed but as per the most recent tweet from the official IPTL twitter account he will be lining up for the Indian Aces in the Hyderabad leg on December 9th:
So assuming they're not leading us all on to flog a few tickets that means his comeback is now just 15 days away. I've never been a huge fan of the IPTL but should Roger play I don't think it's a bad choice. He hasn't played competitive tennis in 6 months and whilst we know the IPTL is a gimmicky type tournament it's still gives him a chance for a little run out before the Hopman Cup in January. Is it better than flying out rising talent to Dubai and annihilating them on the practice courts? Who knows but only one of them is televised 😀
What do you think of his decision to play and will you be watching? Let me know in the comments.