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SBD Global/March 5, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Agassi Could Skip Int'l Premier Tennis League Due To Tournament Dates
Published March 5, 2014
UNKNOWN IDENTITY: In London, Paul Newman reported the IPTL "has so far declined to reveal even the identities of the team owners," who between them are said to have committed to paying a total of nearly $24M at an average of more than £500,000 ($833,000) to each player. Agassi said that "he did not know the identity of the owner of his Singapore team." Leading players "have complained for years about the shortness of the off-season." Now it has been lengthened to seven weeks for men and 10 weeks for women, there have "inevitably been murmurings about the fact that some are using the extra time to play in lucrative exhibition matches." Agassi, when asked if he would have committed to the IPTL during his playing days, said, “It’s different now, the season ends early November. I didn’t have that luxury because I took that time away to prepare for Australia." Sampras said the offseason had been so short in his day that he had “barely enough time” to prepare for the Australian Open. Sampras: “The schedule’s a little shorter these days, [it] gives the guys an opportunity to play a few exhibitions, make a few extra bucks." He added, “We all know they need it, so if someone’s dumb enough to pay them, they’d be dumb not to take it” (INDEPENDENT, 3/3).