Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the
fledgling tournament by pulling out because of "health problems"
hours before Federer, the winner of a record 17 slam titles, stepped
in despite initially appearing apprehensive of the league.
"I'm really looking forward to making my first trip to New Delhi and
playing for the Micromax Indian aces," Federer said in a recorded
Federer joins retired American Pete Sampras, winner of 14 grand slam
titles, in the Indian franchise of the four-team event, scheduled to
be played from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13.
Philippines, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are home to the
other teams and will each host a leg of the competition, styled on
cricket's Indian Premier League and offering prize money of $29.7
The 28-year-old Nadal missed the U.S. Open last month after failing
to recover from a right wrist injury he sustained in practice.
"I am very disappointed to announce that I will not be part of the
first edition of the IPTL," Nadal said. "I was looking forward to
representing Indian Aces and playing in front of fans in New Delhi
in the exciting new League.
"I wish the team the very best and hope to be back next year."
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Men's world number one Novak Djokovic, his women's counterpart
Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and former women's
top-ranked players Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline
Wozniacki have also confirmed their participation.
The teams will compete in men's and women's singles, men's and mixed
doubles and a men's legends singles with one set per match, and no
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