Bouchard withdraws from IPTL

The Canadian player, one of the rising stars of the women’s game, was due to be part of the UAE Royals team for the four-city tournament which begins in Manila on Friday.

Bouchard’s injury was not specified in a press release which confirmed she was hurt in training on Monday.

Her place in the UAE Royals team, which also includes Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki, has been taken by young French player Kristina Mladenovic.

“I’m really disappointed I will be unable to compete in the IPTL this year due to an injury that I recently suffered in practice,” Bouchard said.

They open the tournament against the Manila Mavericks, a team including Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova.

The three-week long IPTL, which also features Roger Federer and Serena Williams, will also be played in Singapore and New Delhi.

Teams representing each of the four cities will play each other in each venue in a mini-league with an adventurous format: team ties consisting of five one-set matches, with no advantages and the first to six games wins.

Play at the inaugural tournament will also be dramatically shortened by a 20-second shot-clock between points and the stipulation that at 5-5 players go into a timed shoot-out in which they must accumulate the most points before time is up.??
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Players can also call a “power point” once per set, meaning the next point will count double.

Watch the opening day of the International Premier Tennis League live on Sports 3 on Friday from 8:00am.