Andy Murray to play for Bangkok in International Premier Tennis League
Last Updated: 02/03/14 5:25pm
Andy Murray: Drafted by Bangkok
Andy Murray will play for the Bangkok team in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League which will be played across Asia later this year.
The Wimbledon champion is among a host of top players - including Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams - to be signed up for the end-of-season competition at a draft in Dubai.
His team-mates will include French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka, the women's world No 4, rising Belgian star Kirsten Flipkens and ex-French Open champion Carlos Moya.
World No 1 Nadal will play for Mumbai, while Williams joins fellow American Andre Agassi in the Singapore team.
Novak Djokovic will have fellow-Serb Janko Tipsarevic, ex-world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Arab No1 Malek Jaziri as his team-mates.
Matches will be played on a round-robin basis in Singapore, Bangkok, Mumbai and Dubai between November 28 and December 13.
Teams will be able to add up to 10 players to their rosters.
The IPTL is the brainchild of doubles legend Mahesh Bhupathi to promote tennis in Asia.
Bhupathi said: "We've got some unbelievably strong teams. I think out of the 28 players that got drafted we have about 21 Grand Slam champions. We have 14 present and past number ones. It's a pretty blockbuster field."
The draft system is partly inspired by that used by the Indian Premier League in cricket.
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.
Team Singapore: Tomas Berdych, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Serena Williams, Bruno Soares, Pat Rafter, Daniela Hantuchova, Nick Krygios
Team Bangkok: Andy Murray, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya, Kirsten Flipkens
Team Mumbai: Rafael Nadal, Gael Monfils, Pete Sampras. Rohan Bopanna, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Fabrice Santoro
Team Dubai: Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonic, Malek Jaziri, Martina Hingis