PARIS -- Boris Becker is backing a new tennis league in Asia featuring former and current players.
Plans for the league were announced Friday. It will consist of mixed teams in various Asian cities, with a player draft held in January 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Play is expected to start in December 2014.
Retired players and a number of current top-10 stars plan to participate. Among them are Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki.
Becker hopes the league will get "TV networks excited" and "grow into a worldwide property with multiple team owners."