Roger Federer is front and center when it comes to the International Premier Tennis League's web page for the India Aces. However, the Swiss Maestro doesn't appear that interested in the event as he makes his return from injury. According to the match details for the team-styled tournament, federer will be a part of a match that will be played in India on December 10th.

The way the International Premier Tennis League works is that different players contest each match, with substitutions allowed. Matches are best-of-five sets, but each set is different from the other in terms of format (i.e.,. men's singles/women's singles/doubles/legends).

The event actually starts on December 2nd with Federer's team to be part of seven matches before the 10th. Accordingly, with Federer's involvement apparently limited to one match his association with the IPTL is largely 'in name only,' in what could be viewed as a mere marketing ploy.

Everyone except Federer playing in Japan

The players that will actually play for the India Aces in an upcoming trio of matches from Japan between December 2nd and 4th are Feliciano Lopez, Ivan Dodig, Eugenie Bouchard, Thomas Enqvist, Mark Philippoussis, Sania Mirza, and Rohan Bopanna. Basically, that is everyone on the India Aces team except for Federer.

The highest-ranked player that is actually expected to contest a match in Japan is Kei Nishikori.

The World No. 5 is listed as a part of the Japan Warriors, and he is also listed for matches to be played on December 3rd and 4th. Nick Kyrgios and Tomas Berdych are also popular players that are listed as part of the upcoming matches from Japan.

Serena Williams not playing in Japan

American Serena Williams, like Federer, isn't expected to be all that active in the league either.

She isn't listed in the match details for the ones to come from Japan this weekend. However, she does appear in three matches to be played later. On December 6th and 7th she is expected to play in Singapore. Furthermore, on the 9th she is expected to play in India.

The final for the International Premier Tennis League is on December 11th.

Two teams of the four will qualify for the final so who will contest that match is a matter of speculation. However, the lead-up matches in the event are ones that will largely be contested by peripheral players and retired players from the men's and women's tours. Some big names lend their star status and, if they don't withdraw, they make some token appearances. However, the real tennis starts up again in the new year when ATP/WTA ranking point events begin again.

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