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Organisers expect huge crowds

The coaches and players were giddy over the success of the Philippines leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) last week.

IPTL chief operating officer Eric Gottschalk even claimed the fans were "standing on their seats after the last ball was hit" in Manila, where some 28,000 fans caught the action over three days.

He is confident the Singapore leg - which kicks off today and ends on Thursday - will see good crowds at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, despite the fact that this is the only leg which will feature entirely on weekdays.

After Singapore, the IPTL moves to India, from Saturday to Monday, and the United Arab Emirates will host the final leg, from Dec 11 to 13.

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Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Shangri-La Hotel, Gottschalk said: "The ticket sales have picked up, there are still tickets available, but we are expecting a full venue."

Responding to a question by The New Paper, he added later: "I was here a couple of weeks ago for the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) Finals and I was very, very positively surprised by how much support tennis has in Singapore, where the stadium was filled from Day 1.

"Ticket sales (for the Singapore leg of the IPTL) have been going quite well... and I expect to have almost the full capacity, even though it will be held during the weekdays."

The organisers did not give figures for ticket sales by press time, although Singapore Slammers CEO Vikas Gehlot previously said that the event was almost sold out for the first day and "tracking well" for the following two days.