London, 27 June-2014, AFP: Seven-time champion Roger Federer eased into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday…
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is unconvinced by the new and innovative International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), admitting that the tournament doesn’t sit easily with his traditional views on the sport.
The IPTL was launched last month and top male and female players are featuring in teams representing four cities: New Delhi, Manila, Singapore and Dubai.
Federer, who went undefeated on his debut for the Indian Aces in New Delhi as a late replacement for Rafael Nadal, said that his mind was scrambling trying to remember all the rules, adding that it’s crazy, but it’s good fun, The BBC reported.
Federer won his men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles against Singapore Slammers at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Sunday in New Delhi.
With an emphasis on speed, an IPTL tie comprises five one-set shootouts in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and mixed doubles and a past champions match. The team that wins the most games, not sets, is declared the winner.
Federer, who agreed to play only in Delhi, said that he found some of the rules strange, and others unnecessary. He added that the one he believes is most unnecessary here is when one starts the motion and let’s say one misses the ball toss, that counts as a mistake.
Federer believes that that’s probably most unnecessary, adding that the way it is right now, he doesn’t think it would work as a Tour event.
Federer claimed that he is very traditional and likes the way the game is on tour, adding that he likes the scoring system.