The ongoing IPTL has a fair share of retired professionals and they seem to be enjoying their stint in the tournament too. Here is a look at what the likes of Mark Philippoussis, Goran Ivanisevic and Marat Safin have to say as to why they love the IPTL format.
Mark Philippoussis (Indian Aces): 'I enjoy it. Tennis is a beautiful sport, great one, but most of the time you feel very lonely. I love playing in a team environment. This is a very unique format, with great energy, with teams that are like families.
It's tough playing but it's tougher being on the bench. You want to do well for the team and also be there for them in case they need a bottle of water, a towel, or just some advice. Even getting crazy helps to give them more energy.' Goran Ivanisevic (UAE Royals): 'I love my team, it would be extremely weird to change sides and that means I love it.
The format is a great idea, very quick one. People are very pumped and want to win. Because I am a coach, I am used to hit with Tomas for instance. But practice and a match are two completely different things. When you go out there you really want to perform well but the next day everything hurts, you are more tight than years ago.' Marat Safin (Japan Warriors): 'How we play at the IPTL makes the format very interesting, very cool.
For the spectators it can be quite confusing at the beginning but then they have the chance to see a very different sort of players and style in just a couple of hours' time. I retired six years ago and back then I was really tired of matches but now I'm starting to feel that I want to play again.
The format makes it even better, it's a perfect way of getting back.' Related news: http://Australian-open-women-s-entry-list-kerber-defends-the-title-azarenka-out/ .