Neither Roger Federer nor Eugenie Bouchard had memorable seasons in the respective ATP and WTA tennis associations. Federer's highlight was making the Wimbledon semifinal, where he lost to Canada's Milos Raonic, however shortly thereafter the Swiss Maestro announced the end of his season. Perhaps Bouchard's highlight was a clay-court win over Angelique Kerber several months ago, however the Canadian really did lack a major tournament result in 2016. Both Federer and Bouchard are expected to be active this upcoming week as part of the International Premier Tennis League. They are a part of the India Aces, one of the four teams that will contest the league's title between December 2nd and December 11th.

Other stars on the India Aces

It's still not precisely clear when either Federer or Bouchard will contest a match. However, the India Aces are scheduled to face the Japan Warriors on December 2nd in matches that come from Saitama, Japan. The Warriors have Kei Nishikori as their top male, so perhaps Federer will be counted on to try and counter the World No. 5. Other players on the India Aces beside Roger Federer and Eugenie Bouchard are India's Sania Mirza, Spain's Feliciano Lopez, Australia's Mark Philippousis, Croatia's Ivan Dodig, India's Rohan Bopanna, and Sweden's Thomas Enqvist.

If Roger Federer is at all rusty then Lopez could very well be the key to this team's success. The Spaniard is 35-years-old and his best tennis may be behind him.

However, he still managed to finish 28th in the world following the 2016 ATP season. Furthermore, I think Mark Philippousis is a great legend for the India Aces to have on their side. The Australian is only 40 years old which is reasonably young when it comes to a legends player. Furthermore, serving has always been a big part of his game.

I think that's a good weapon for an out-of-prime player to have as it can keep the points short and could reduce cardio stress.

Sania Mirza a good addition for doubles

Sania Mirza may prove to be a strong addition to this team as well. Her singles career was not too noteworthy, however she could make a contribution as a doubles player.

Mirza has won each Grand Slam in women's doubles with the exception of the French Open. The format of the International Premier Tennis League is such that singles and doubles skills are both relevant. With Mirza, Bouchard, Federer, Lopez, and Philippousis the India Aces appear to have a well-balanced team.

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