Caroline Wozniacki excited to partner Novak Djokovic for UAE Royals in IPTL

Caroline Wozniacki expects a “hilarious” time on court when she teams up with Novak Djokovic to represent the UAE Royals at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

Reem Abulleil
by Reem Abulleil
29th October 2014

article:29th October 2014

Fun in Dubai: Caroline Wozniacki is excited to team up with Novak Djokovic for UAE Royals in Dubai.
Fun in Dubai: Caroline Wozniacki is excited to team up with Novak Djokovic for UAE Royals in Dubai.

Caroline Wozniacki expects a “hilarious” time on court when she teams up with Novak Djokovic to represent the UAE Royals at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) while Serena Wil­liams revealed she won’t be partici­pating in the Dubai leg.

Wozniacki confirmed she will be at the Hamdan Sports Complex from December 11-13 where she and good friend Djokovic will be joined by Goran Ivanisevic, Eug­enie Bouchard, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic and Malek Jaziri in the UAE Royals squad.


“I’m planning to play. It’s the beginning of December for me, so I’m excited for that,” Wozniacki said. 

“I think it’s going to be great for me. Because the off season this year is so long, it will be nice for me to get a few sets in just before the real season starts.”

“I definitely think that it’s going to be great, and it’s going to be a lot of fun as well. I’m on a team with Novak and we’re good friends. He’s always hilarious.”

 

World No. 1 Williams headlines the Singapore Slammers team and while she will be competing in two of the four IPTL stops, sadly for UAE fans, Dubai is not one of them.

 

Williams will be featuring in the first two legs, in Manila from November 28-30 and Singapore from December 2-4.

Asked whether a showing in Dubai was on the cards, the Ameri­can said: “I wish. I love going to Dubai, but I don’t think so.”

Meanwhile, the IPTL announced the four coaches who will be lead­ing the star-studded teams.

The UAE Royals will be guided by former South African doubles specialist John-Laffnie de Jager and French ma­gician Fabrice Santoro will coach the Indian Aces, which includes Roger Federer.

 

Josh Eagle will take over the Singapore Slammers while Filipino-American Treat Huey, the current doubles world No. 53, will coach the Manila Mavericks.

 

All four coaches will help their respective teams formulate a win­ning strategy as they compete across five single-set matches involving men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed dou­bles and past champion’s singles to determine a winner.


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