It began with four teams with bases in India, Dubai, Singapore and Manila. Japan was added in the 2015 season but in 2016 again it was back to four teams with Manila backing out, reportedly
because the League did not fulfil its financial obligations. The League was not played in 2017 as Singapore Slammers complained of payment issues.
Cilic, who was part of the UAE Royals team in the 2015 edition, did not elaborate much but acknowledged that the money indeed was an issue. "There were some issues, just bad thing that it happened like that for a event so successful. I think all things will clear up. Looking overall, it's very very positive for Asian cities where there was not much tennis. Best players in the
world came and played tennis. That was great to see and fan reaction was very nice," Cilic said after he made it to the quarterfinals of the Tata Open Maharashtra.
Bhupathi's comment was sought on the issue when he came to watch Sumit Nagal's match on Tuesday but he had refused to speak on the issue.