MANILA, Philippines The Manila leg tickets of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Season 2 are expected to sell well after women’s world no. 1 Serena Williams and former men’s world no. 1 and 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal confirmed to play here in December.
SM Lifestyle Entertainment president Edgar Tejero announced that the ticket prices will remain the same with the inaugural season.
“The (Mavericks) owners decided to stick with the ticket prices last year,” Tejero said during the formal introduction of the Mavericks team in the press conference held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.
The three-day passes are still pegged at Php58,000 for VIP seats Php48,000 for Patron Php26,000 for Lower Box Php14,000 for Upper Box and Php3,000 for General Admission. The tickets are transferable and will be available starting July 15.
The Mavericks are expected to contend for the title following its third place finish last year after snagging Williams in the draft that was held in Dubai last April.
“When the opportunity presented itself [to pick Williams], we took it,” Mavericks co-owner Jean-Henri Lhuillier said.
“But we made sure that the core especially Wilfried (Tsonga) will be coming back. He’s one of the pillars of the team together with Treat Huey and Mark Philippoussis, who only lost one set last year. I believe we have a formidable team this year. There is more depth especially in the women’s side,” Lhuillier said.
Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Kirsten Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya are gone. Replacing them are Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Jarmila Gajdosova, Borna Coric and Sabine Lisicki, with Fil-Am Treat Huey, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mark Philippoussis returning for another tour of duty.
Aside from these stars, fan-favorite Gael Monfils, Thomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios and Japan’s top player Kei Nishikori are also confirmed to play in Manila.
The IPTL Season 2 will start on Dec. 2 in Japan before moving to Manila, India and Dubai. It will wind up in Singapore.
Defending champion Indian Aces are still tipped as the title favorite with the presence of Nadal and Monfils. The other members of the Aces are Agnieszka Radwanska, doubles specialists Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza, Ivan Dodig and Fabrice Santoro.
The UAE Royals will be bannered by Roger Federer and Thomas Berdych, with Marin Cilic and Daniel Nestor rounding up a formidable men’s lineup. Goran Ivanisevic will still serve as their coach and legends player while Kristina Mladenovic and Ana Ivanovic return for another tour of duty.
Current men’s world no. 1 Novak Djokovic will lead the Singapore Slammers. He will have a strong supporting cast in Kyrgios, Marcelo Melo, Thanasi Kokkinakis and legends player-coach Carlos Moya, Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova.
The new team on the block, the Japanese Warriors, will have world No. 7 and local tennis hero Kei Nishikori along with another local player Kurumi Nara, who peaked at no. 32 in the women’s world rankings in 2014. The Warriors also have crowd darling Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchova, Marat Safin, Vasek Pospisil, Lucas Pouille and legends player Leander Paes.