05/24 15:41 CDT Boris Becker backing new Asian tennis league
Boris Becker backing new Asian tennis league
PARIS (AP) -- Boris Becker is backing a new tennis league in Asia featuring
former and current players.
The three-time Wimbledon champion is joining ex-players Justin Gimelstob and
Mahesh Bhupathi in founding the International Premier Tennis League.
Plans for the league were announced Friday. It will consist of mixed teams in
various Asian cities, with a player draft held in January 2014 in Melbourne,
Australia. Play is expected to start in December 2014.
Retired players and a number of current top-10 stars plan to participate. Among
them are Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki.
Becker hopes the league will get "TV networks excited" and "grow into a
worldwide property with multiple team owners."