The Slammers, coached by India's double specialist Purav Raja, claimed a prize pursed of USD one million while Indian Aces got USD 500,000. Indian Aces were easily the most dominant side this season, losing only three matches and winning 54.10 percent of the games they played in their campaign. Carlos Moya handed Slammers a two-point lead with his 6-4 win over Fabrice Santoro in the Legend's singles.

Frenchman Santoro, the Indian Aces coach, had pulled out of Dubai leg due to fever but his return could not inspire a winning start for the last year’s champions. Belinda Bencic extended her team’s lead after she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 in a gruelling women's singles that lasted 42 minutes.

Ivan Dodig (Aces) was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) (Male) while Slammers' Belinda Bencic was adjudged the MVP (Female) for their superlative performances through the season. They got USD 50,000 each for the dominant tennis they played all throughout the season.



IPTL Founder and Managing Director Mahesh Bhupathi said "From the league perspective, it was a great final. Till yesterday we didn’t know who the two finalists would be, which is great. And to have finished it this way for Singapore Slammers, in front of a cheering home crowd, is terrific". Bhupathi said they will continue with five teams in the next season.


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