Aussie grand slam greats to star in new Asian tennis comp
AUSSIE great Pat Rafter, together with Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt, are in the frame to help serve up a new Asian tennis venture - if they get bought at auction that is.
The trio, and plenty of the world's leading players, including Andy Murray and Serena Williams, could hit the court in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League, later this year.
Franchises, similar to those in cricket's Indian Premier League and based in cities across Asia and the Middle East, will have a salary cap of between $4 and $10 million dollars to buy players at auction.
The league will be played from late November until just before Christmas, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.
Each match will consist of five sets, one each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, mixed doubles and a legends singles.
The team who wins the most games across the five sets would win the match and, just like Twenty20 cricket, no entire match would exceed three hours.
India's former doubles world No.1 Mahesh Bhupathi is the brainchild behind the tournament.