One of the four original charter franchises that participated in the Coca-Cola IPTL’s inaugural 2014 season, the OUE Singapore Slammers ended up fourth on the table then. In the following season in 2015, they ended up as the trophy lifters after defeating the Indian Aces in the final. And in 2016, they have retained the title with a rematch of last year’s final. Back-to-back finals. Back-to-back titles.
Here are the names to be remembered:
Carlos Moyà is a retired professional tennis player from Spain. The 40 year-old who turned pro in 1995, was the French Open singles champion in 1998 and was the singles runner-up at the 1997 Australian Open. In 2004, the man from Majorca helped his country win the Davis Cup. Moyà has won an impressive 20 singles titles in his career. The Spaniard has been the perfect Legend contender for the Slammers, winning seven consecutive matches in this 2016 IPTL.
Kiki Bertens is a Dutch national whose highest ranking has been World No. 21 in women’s singles. She is 25 years old and plays with her right hand with a two-handed backhand. The true lucky charm of the Slammers, she has been vital for the Singapore side over the 2016 stint, her first one.
Marcelo Melo is from Brazil. In 2015, Melo became the first Brazilian male ever to win a French Open doubles title, playing alongside Ivan Dodig. He is a doubles specialist who turned pro in 1998. Melo has won 21 doubles titles in his career. A true team-player, Melo is the soul of the Slammers.
Nick Kyrgios is from Australia. The 21-year-old has already made a name for himself as one of the brightest prospects in modern day tennis and his gameplay backs that up. Nobody likes the IPTL more than the Aussie, who has been a Slammer for three years now.
Marcos Baghdatis is a 31-year old from Cyprus who has reached a career-high ATP ranking of World No. 8 in 2006. Baghdatis' playing style is relaxed and smooth, but he generally employs a ‘high risk, high reward’ playing style. In his first IPTL, Baghdatis has been the breakout player of the 2016 Slammers team alongside Bertens.
Coach Purav Raja is an experienced doubles player. The 31-year-old Indian has been the decision-maker for the Singapore Slammers with very well made strategic decisions during the 2016 edition.