Sunil Gavaskar to Own International Premier Tennis League's Singapore Team

Sunil Gavaskar to be one of four men sharing ownership of the Singapore franchise in the International Premier Tennis League scheduled to launch in December.

Updated: June 19, 2014 13:19 IST
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File photo: Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is also an avid follower of tennis and has taken his interest to the next level. (BCCI)

Sunil Gavaskar will be one of the four owners of the Singapore team that will take part in Mahesh Bhupathi's brainchild event, the International Premier Tennis League. The League, tennis' answer to the popular IPL, is scheduled to launch in December this year.

Gavaskar's interest in the IPTL was revealed on Wednesday night as Bhupathi held a cocktail party close to the All-England Club (Wimbledon) for investors in the league.

"I am a big tennis lover," Gavaskar said, adding: "And I have followed the careers of Mahesh and his old doubles partner Leander Paes for years."

Singapore, who will be represented by players such as Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Tomas Berdych, will play against teams from Mumbai, Dubai and Manila in the inaugural season of 12 fixtures.

Reportedly, team owners paid about $15million for the franchises, which they will own for 10 years.

Present at Wednesday's party was defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who will play for Manila in the IPTL. Murray left quickly after posing for photographs with Gavaskar and his son, Rohan.

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