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SBD Global/March 3, 2014/Events and Attractions
Inaugural Int'l Premier Tennis League Moves Closer To Reality Following Player Auction
Published March 3, 2014
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'FANTASTIC PROJECT': Also in London, Simon Briggs reported an article published on the front page of French newspaper L'Equipe on Thursday "offered positive reactions from several leading players," including Novak Djokovic, who said, "It's a fantastic project. The concept of a team is something we haven't seen before." L'Equipe also quoted Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who "denied that the IPTL will worsen the problem of player burnout." Mouratoglou: "In fact it could work well as a training base. It will make them prepare differently, in Asia and with their whole team" (TELEGRAPH, 2/27).
WORTH THEIR WHILE: Also in London, Paul Newman wrote the rewards for the players "are potentially huge -- there has been speculation" that Nadal could earn $1M a night -- though their pay "will depend on the extent of their commitment" (INDEPENDENT, 3/2).