Slammers owner expects big crowds

Singapore Slammers owner Vikas Gehlot is "fairly confident" of filling the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium when the inaugural International Premier Tennis League rolls into town from Dec 2 to 4.

"I expect the stadium to be full," Gehlot (above) told The New Paper at Shangri-La Hotel, yesterday.

"The lowest ticket category costs $45 and, with that one ticket, you can watch so many stars play, you get six hours of tennis, music by Miami Heat DJs and cheerleaders."

Tickets went on sale last Thursday and the organisers are delaying marketing their event to prevent confusion with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals presented by SC Global, which takes place at the Indoor Stadium from Oct 17 to 26.

Gehlot says he is speaking to "a few" potential sponsors, and are planning promotional activities in the lead-up to their main event in December.

He pledged that the Slammers will help with the development of the sport.

"We are starting off by sponsoring one of the junior tournaments in November and then, when we have more time (after the December event), we can do a deeper penetration into the local environment.

"We are starting slow... in the future, we will see if we can run some coaching clinics. These are all in the pipeline."