The IPTL final begins today at 4pm local time in Singapore between the two teams who finished in first and second place on the table standings after each of the five teams completed their eleven matches.
On Saturday 19 December the two finalists played each other in a preview to the final with the Singapore Slammers confirming their second place finish during the third set to relegate the UAE Royals to third place after their loss yesterday to the Philippine Mavericks on the final winner take-all point of their tie.
Yesterday the Singapore Slammers defeated the 2014 champions and current top placed team the Indian Aces 27 games to 21 from the 5 sets.
The Singapore Slammers team: Stan Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova, Nick Kyrgios, Dustin Brown and Marcelo Melo.
The Indian Aces team: Bernard Tomic, Fabrice Santoro, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sania Mirza, Ivan Dodig and Rohan Bopanna.
If the lines-up remain unchanged then the Order of Play for the final:
Set 1- Men’s Legend Singles: Moya v Santoro (yesterday’s result was 6-2 Moya)
Set 2 – Men’s Singles: Wawrinka v Tomic (Wawrinka won 6-5 after trailing 2-5)
Set 3- Women’s Singles: Bencic v Kuznetsova (Bencic won 6-2)
Set 4- Mixed Doubles: Brown/Pliskova v Bopanna/Mirza (Bopanna/Mirza won 6-4)
Set 5 -Men’s Doubles: Melo/Kyrgios v Bopanna/Dodig (Bopanna/Dodig won 6-5)
The IPTL schedule of play for the Singapore leg of the league series commences on Friday 18 December. The Singapore IPTL matches continue in Saturday 19 December after which, the two finalists for the entire IPTL series will be decided. The final for the second year of this exhibition event will be held on Sunday 20 December starting at 4pm between the teams that finish in the first two places on the table standings after 19 December.
The Singapore IPTL schedule of play for Friday 18 December is the Japan Warriors versus the Philippine Mavericks at 4pm followed by the Singapore Slammers versus the UAE Royals at 7:30pm.
For Saturday 19 December the Singapore IPTL schedule of play is the Philippine Mavericks versus the UAE Royals at 4pm followed by the Singapore Slammers versus the Indian Aces at 7:30pm.
The Australian Open gets underway next month and the world’s best tennis players will compete for the opportunity to win the first major title of 2016. Earlier this year, Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in the final to claim his fifth Australian Open title.
In 2016, Djokovic will be seeking his fourth Grand Slam triumph in five events and the Serbian currently stands alone as the greatest player on the planet. At the time of writing, he’s the leading contender with the bookmakers and many who are providing betting tips on the tournament believe that Djokovic will cruise to victory – here’s why.
Djokovic is the number one player in the world and is almost unbeatable on his day. The Serbian star has won ten Grand Slam title in his career and will be looking to add to his growing collection as he attempts to cement his place as one of the top-rated players of all-time. In sport, nothing is a given but Djokovic will be quietly confident of succeeding in Melbourne.
Not only is Djokovic the favourite for success at the Australian Open, he will be expected to win at least three of the majors next year. In 2015, he won three but fell short in the French Open as Stanislas Wawrinka snatched victory. One of the most popular views for tennis ahead of next year will be for Djokovic to win all four Grand Slam events and punters will need to keep your eye on the ball for various offers and betting tips at Bookies’ website.
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