Singapore: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which has turned to Asia to grow its sport, is unclear how the International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) is going to pan out.
"We are still learning about it, just as the world and the media is," said Melissa Pines, vice-president, Asia-Pacific on the sidelines of its new announcement to bring the season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Championships to South East Asia for the first time this year.
The Mahesh Bhupathi-promoted ITPL, following its recent draft in Dubai, announced that among the women players who have signed up are Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza.
Continuing on the ITPL, Pines said, "We feel exhibitions can be good but the athletes need to strike a balance between professional and financial needs. They need to look to recovery and preparation for the coming season."