Manila, 6th December 2015: Tennis fans eager to catch the IPTL lined up the Mall of Asia Area early in afternoon long before the event started. As the gates opened, there was a flood of fans all excited to see their favorite tennis stars in action. With DJ Irie’s foot-tapping music, tennis action began to a thunderous applause.
The opening match of the evening saw the OUE Singapore Slammers win 29-20, a terrific margin that will help their points tally in the league standings. While a win was still evading the Legendary Japan Warriors; it was power-packed tennis all the way.
The legends kicked off the afternoon, with Moya and Safin receiving loud cheers. Matching each other stroke for stroke, Moya was the better of the two winning the match 6-4, thoguh it was difficult to tell which of the legends was more popular.
Men’s double gave the Warriors their first set win with Paes/Herbert winning it with 6-5 in a super shootout, setting the score at 1 set all.
In the women’s singles, Belinda Bencic over-powered the young Kurumi Nara, and even a mid-set substitution with Mirjana Lucic could not help the Warriors take the lead. With a 6-2 win, the Slammers taking their lead to 2-1.
Up next, the men’s singles was a thrilling encounter with Krygios–Kohschreiber providing some power-packed tennis to the delight of the fans. In an evenly contested encounter, Krygios won 6-5 for the Slammers in a shoot-out.
The mixed doubles saw a super-charged Kyrgios/Bencic take on Lucic/Herbert right from the very first ball; winning the set 6-3 for the Slammers.
The 20-year-old Kyrgios, one of the sport’s rising stars, reflects on his return to Manila for the 2nd season of the tournament.
“I love the game, the format. Last year I played Andy Murray here, and it was one of the best matches for me. The crowd in Manila is great, we had a lot of fun here last time, and I was really looking forward to playing in Manila again.”
Kyrgios added that he was already familiar with playing in Manila even before the IPTL and this was to his advantage.
“I’ve played a lot of junior tennis here, and so it feels good.”
The Singapore Slammers, who now stand at 2-2, will face the UAE Royals next on December 7 while the win-less Japan Warriors will take a day off and challenge the home crowd favorite, Philippine Mavericks on December 8.