The International Premier Tennis League stages its world premiere in Manila on Friday. The format is innovative and the cast list impressive, but will it prove to be in the long-term interests of the sport?
First, some details. The Manila Mavericks, the Singapore Slammers, the Indian Aces and the UAE Royals are the four teams involved.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have signed up, along with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and some retired gentlemen with a bit of spare time on their hands.
Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic are among the legends who will contest one of the five sets in each match. A men's singles, a women's singles, a men's doubles and a mixed doubles - in an order chosen by the home team - will complete the line up.
Sets are the first to six games, but when the score reaches 5-5, there will be a timed five-minute 'shootout,' which is scored like a tie-break but features a Shot Clock in case any player is tempted to waste time.
There is no advantage scoring (which means the player who wins the deuce point also wins the game), and as well as being able to request a 60-second time out, a player can also call a 'Power Point,' which doubles the worth of the very next point.