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ATP’s Chris Kermode dismisses IPTL as light entertainment

MUMBAI: The ATP’s executive chairman and president Chris Kermode is not concerned about the impact of the upcoming IPTL that is promoted by Mahesh Bhupathi. This is despite the fact that the league has got top players like Federer and Djokovic playing in it.

Addressing a press conference at the Shanghai Rolex Masters in China he said, “”There have always been exhibitions. There always will continue to be exhibitions. I think what has caused this to be an issue is the word ‘league.’ This is just a series of glorified exhibitions.

“I actually don’t have a problem with it. It’s very light entertainment. It’s no problem that players can go and play in it. They’re not going to be playing at 100 per cent.

“”The ATP put a defining period of time for the season. We have the responsibility to have a season that starts and finishes at a certain point. What players choose to do in their off-season is really a player responsibility.”