Bollywood superstar invests in Singapore’s IPTL franchise

International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) franchise the Singapore Slammers has unveiled Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan as its new co-owner.

Bachchan (pictured) will share ownership of the franchise with UD Group, which purchased the team earlier in the year. The 73-year-old will attend the final day of the 2015 IPTL season at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 20.

The latest agreement comes after property developer OUE, part of UD Group, was last month named the franchise’s title sponsor. Prateek Gupta, Slammers chairman, said: “For us, the IPTL and the OUE Singapore Slammers is as much about entertaining the fans as it is about winning that trophy. In Mr Bachchan, we found a kindred spirit who believes in that aim.

“Moreover, his commitment to the sport of tennis means that he will be a crucial driver of our Junior Slammers programme as well. We look forward to creating a winning team with a true Indian icon.”

The 2015 IPTL is the second edition of the tournament, which is competed for by five teams comprising tennis players past and present.

This year’s tournament began on Wednesday in Japan and will travel to the Philippines, India and Dubai before concluding with a three-day event in Singapore from December 18-20.

This year’s Slammers team was due to include world No.1 Novak Djokovic but the Serbian has withdrawn through fatigue. He has been replaced by British No.1 and newly crowned Davis Cup champion Andy Murray, who will be one of the stars of the franchise alongside current French Open holder Stanislas Wawrinka.

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