20 Jun 2014

Murray backs new Premier League to spread game to world

10:05 am on 20 June 2014

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is backing the new Premier League to take tennis to areas of the world that have little chance of seeing the leading players perform.

Speaking at an event to promote this year's International Premier Tennis League, the British number one says that being able to grow the sport globally is important to him and the new league means players will be able to perform in parts of the world that don't have a huge tennis heritage but have a big fan base.

The IPTL, which will offer prize money of more than $30 million, will start in November in four cities - Manila, Dubai, Mumbai and Singapore - and the four franchises have attracted top players.

Murray and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have joined the Manila group, Singapore have world number one Serena Williams and Czech Tomas Berdych, Dubai include Wimbledon top seed Novak Djokovic and Mumbai boast world number one Rafa Nadal.