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Nadal to rake in £600k a night in new tournament

ESPN staff
February 25, 2014
Nadal delighted with comeback

Rafael Nadal is believed to have committed to the controversial new International Premier Tennis League - the sport's answer to cricket's money-spinning Indian Premier League.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the world No.1 will become the highest-profile player involved in the launch of the competition at an auction among teams in Dubai this weekend.

As one of the marquee names in the scheme, developed by Indian doubles player Mahesh Bhupati, Nadal is believed to be earning $1 million (£600,000) a night for his contribution.

Andy Murray is understood to still be in discussions with Bhupathi, who worked on Murray's commercial team last year.

One ground rule of the competition, which takes place between November 28 and December 20, is that grand slam winners and players who have reached the No.1 spot in the rankings can nominate which matches they play and which players they avoid.

Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong will all host matches.

On the women's side, two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and Polish No.1 Agnieszka Radwanska are also believed to have signed up to the project.

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