Manila: Political unrest in Bangkok forced the organisers of the newly launched International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) to shift the first leg to Manila.
Mahesh Bhupathi, founder of the IPTL, said on Saturday the decision was taken to ensure the safety of the all the stakeholders. "We are happy to announce Manila as the first host city of our tour across Asia. We had to divert from the original franchise owner in Bangkok as the political unrest forced us to look for an alternative city to ensure the safety of all stakeholders," said Bhupathi.
Bhupathi said Manila quickly emerged as the perfect location to stage the event for the coming years as the city has world class indoor venues available which can hold more than 20,000 spectators.