Roger Federer and Serena Williams have pulled out of this season’s International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
The multiple grand slam champions were due to play within the very last leg of this year’s event in Hyderabad from December 9th to 11th. Federer was to play for the Indian aces even as Williams was to play for the Singapore slammers.
“We’ve got had demanding situations this year, and we were hoping to get beyond them,” founder and the Managing Director of IPTL Mahesh Bhupathi said. He also issued in a statement that both players have been supportive of the IPTL in the first two seasons and he is looking up to bring them back in future years.
The withdrawal of Federer and Williams robs the tournament of its sheen. It had already been reduced to a 3-town affair from the five cities that had featured on the calendar within the previous years. There had been masses of exhilaration surrounding the advent of Federer and Williams, particularly for the reason that both have not performed competitively for some months now.