International Premier Tennis League: Andy Murray included in Sunday's draft
Andy Murray has been confirmed as one of a number of star names included in the draft for the inaugural IPTL.
Last Updated: 28/02/14 8:34pm
The IPTL will be played in Asia in November and December at the end of the regular 2014 season and will feature five teams based in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur playing home and away.
The two-time Grand Slam champion will be joined in Sunday's draft event in Dubai by fellow current stars like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka plus past greats such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Li Na are the most notable absentees to participate in a draft of 70 male and female players in Dubai.
The players, put into different categories according to their status and market values, will go up for auction.
Nadal, Djokovic and Murray are listed as 'Icon Players' along with Stanislas Wawrinka, Agassi and Sampras, as well as women's world No 1 Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.
There is also a 'Past Champions' category, featuring eight former tour stars, including Pat Rafter, the former US Open champion.
Four more categories
In addition, there are four more categories of current tour players, while a handful of doubles players will also feature in the draft for the tournament.
"I think it's a fantastic concept if it happens, obviously," said Djokovic on Thursday. "I hope and I believe it will.
"It's going to promote tennis in the Asian part of the world. That is a huge market. It's a fun concept. It lets the players enjoy themselves on court and off court together.
"It's something that we don't get to see that much, the team concept. It's not that easy to realise, because it's a huge programme and project. Hopefully, I'm going to try to be part of it."
The IPTL was set up by former doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi and the matches will be over the best of five sets, with each set to be played in a different format - men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, mixed doubles and men's legends.
The event will be played between November 28 and December 20.