New Delhi: The 2015 edition of International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) may see Leander Paes taking on some of the greatest names of the sport. According to reports, the doubles specialist has agreed to join the Mahesh Bhupathi-launched tennis tournament, thus ending the protracted feud between two of India’s greatest tennis players.
The ever-green Indian tennis ace had opted to stay away from IPTL, questioning it’s sustainability and transparency. Last year, his former partner and the founder of the league Bhupathi revealed that talks of roping Paes had failed.
However, in a possible u-turn, the 41-year-old will take part in the second edition of the tournament, for which the player draft is scheduled to take place in Dubai on April 12. In it’s first season in 2014, the lucrative league witnessed tennis stars and legends like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Pete Sampras representing city-based franchise under a modified format.
Further, reports also hint that a possible fifth Asian city may join the blockbuster league, besides the existing list of Singapore, Manila, New Delhi and Dubai.
In their hey days, Paes and Bhupathi conquered the doubles tennis winning three Grand Slam and hosts of other prestigious titles. However, India’s two favourite tennis heroes failed to keep the union alive they parted ways in 2006. They briefly returned to represent India at the 2008 London Olympics, but again, their differences killed the partnership.