By Jon Wertheim
March 05, 2014
Second-ranked Novak Djokovic has lost before the finals in his two tournaments this year.
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Kudos to Mahesh Bhupathi for signing up big names for his International Premier Tennis League. How many will actually play remains to be seen, but this is a great beginning. Given players' interest (for whatever reason), an event like this should replace Davis/Fed Cup. Don't get me wrong; these two team competitions have great history and still some significance. But increasingly players are becoming multinational. Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and probably many more live and train outside their home country. Post-nation (beyond-country?) initiatives like the IPTL can be more successful. It's a shame that the ATP/WTA/ITF dropped the ball on this idea and let someone else take the lead. What do you think?
-- Sumit, Jersey City, N.J.

Victoria Azarenka (left) and Serena Williams have committed to play in the new International Premier Tennis League.
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The best point from last week.

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