Mahesh Bhupathi – The IPTL had challenges financially

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Mahesh Bhupathi – The IPTL had challenges financially

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) last year suffered financial struggles last year as a result of which, the tournament would not take place in 2017. But the tournament's founder Mahesh Bhupathi is still hoping to revive it in a scaled-down form in the future.

The IPTL, which commenced in 2014, had previously been played out over five or three legs, each in a different country. It was forced to reduce its number of legs of five to three last year due to money matters, which also forced the tournament to drop superstars Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

"We were trying to get it done and we've had some challenges financially," Bhupathi said. "Serena has been supportive and she really wanted to come and play some matches before (the season starts in) Australia, but we couldn't get all the ducks lined up." In her absence, less than 1,000 fans turned up for the first day of action on Dec 6, 2016, in the 12,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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