The International Tennis Premier League (IPTL) is close at hand, and we can feel the excitement in the air. The biggest names in tennis are going to come together to create magic. Will you be there?
The UAE Royals are sure pumped up! Here’s their team line-up:
Counted among the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic made his debut at the age of 14. He was a tennis prodigy at the age of four, always making it to practice. He trained under Nikola Pilic and has now won 7 Grand Slam titles. He holds the record for winning the Australian Open thrice in a row. Apart from being a brilliant tennis player, Djokovic is also a great impressionist, and often leaves the audience in splits with imitations of his fellow players.
Caroline Wozniacki grew up in a family of athletes, idolizing tennis greats like Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis. At the age of 24, she has already scored several titles, including setting the record for being the youngest player to enter the Top 10. Caroline has also been ranked No. 1 for two consecutive seasons on the WTA. She is known for her powerful shots, especially the two-handed backhand.
Malek Jaziri first started playing tennis at the age of 5. He is referred to as Jazz, for his expert backhand shot and footwork. He is the only player from Tunisia to have reached the semi-finals of an ATP event. He has had his share of controversies in the past, but that hasn’t stopped the 30-year-old from showing his best form in every game.
Having previously held the World Number 1 spot, Nenad Zimonjic is respected by all his contemporaries. He is the second doubles player from Serbia to have achieved this feat. He played a key role in Serbia’s Davis Cup win of 2010. To date, he has won 52 ATP doubles titles and 7 Grand Slam titles, 4 of which are for mixed doubles and 3 for doubles.
Eugenie Bouchard is the first Canadian to have reached the finals of a Grand Slam event in the singles category. Though she was a runner-up, she created quite a stir with her powerful game. She has won the 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title and has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2014 and French Open in 2012.
Of all his skills, unpredictability remains one of Goran Ivanisevic’s strongest suits. This is evident from the way he snatched victory from Patrick Rafter to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. Since then, he has emerged victorious several times, reaching the World Number 2 spot at one point. He has also won two Bronze medals in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and played an important role in his team’s victory in the 2005 Davis Cup.
This young man started playing tennis at the age of 7, and lifted his first trophy at the age of 8. Today, he is the reigning US Open champion, best remembered for his powerful serves and agility on the court. He will also be remembered for defeating the phenomenal Andy Murray to reach the quarter-finals in the 2009 US Open. Today, he has won several championships and is one the three Croatians to have won ten titles during his career.
So there you have it! With this awesome line-up, we can definitely expect sparks to fly on the court! The next phase of the championship is coming to India, and you better get your tickets fast!