Manila Mavericks pick Serena Williams Japan joins IPTL

MANILA, Philippines –gTop woman’s player Serena Williams along with FrenchmanJo-Wilfried Tsonga will lead the Manila Mavericks for season 2 of IPTL.

The global Player Draft for the second edition of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was held on 12th April 2015 in Dubai. Amidst much anticipation and excitement, the team owners met to put their teams together for the second season scheduled from 2nd 20th December 2015.

The duo will be joined by team-mates Richard Gasquet, Sabine Lisicki, Mark Philippousis, Jarmila Gajdosova, tennis sensation Borna Coric,along with Philippines’ very own, Treat Huey. With Serena Williams in charge, the Manila Mavericks will be looking to challenge the dual supremacy of 2014 winners Micromax Indian Aces and UAE Royals respectively, finishing the inaugural season at No. 3 on the team standings.

Adding to the excitement in this unique team tennis competition, Japan was announced as the 5th country on the multi-nation IPTL tour for the second season in 2015 with “Japan Warriors” as the name of the home franchise to compete in the League.

“We started off to an exciting beginning in 2014. The first edition was a resounding success in terms of player and fan acceptance. Television and digital audiences enjoyed a very high level of competition, and we have set a high bar for ourselves. We are confident of building on the success of last year to come back with a bigger and better product in 2015,” said IPTL founder MaheshBhupathi.

Former Manila Maverick Maria Sharapova will lead the Warriors in their league debut.

“Tennis is on a tremendous growth path in Asia led by Japan. The country boasts of 3 men’s players in the top 100. Japan coming on board as the 5th Asian country led by their top star Nishikori, proves that the league is on the right path,” Bhupathi added.

Sharapova will be joined by Japan’s own Kei Nishikori, Kurumi Nara, Daniela Hantuchova, Vasek Pospisil, Leander Paes, Marat Safin and Lucas Pouille.