Despite the fact that tennis is not such a popular game in the Asian continent especially in India, Roger Federer is still a superstar in that part of the world.
The Switzerland international has to play a few matches in India next month and the tickets for those matches have already been sold out.
In India, Federer will actually be participating in the International Premier Tennis League.
It’s not a singles tournament. It’s a team event which will go on for duration of two weeks.
All the matches will not be played in India. The first leg will take place there and then, the action will move to other Asian countries.
The team which Federer is a part of in IPTL is the Indian Aces.
It’s the first international tennis tournament of which India is a host.
The people associated with IPTL were a little unsure about the response from the public. Nobody knew if people would show interest or not, but, if the first round of ticket sales is a hint, the tournament would be a success.
Yesterday, an organizing committee member was quoted as saying, “This is unbelievable response. The Indian people seem to be all set to cheer for the legends of the game some of whom are travelling to the country for the first time.”
“With top players in the world coming, the standard will be high and the spectators will surely get their money’s worth. We have kept the ticket prices rather low to make sure that people from all sections can afford to buy it.”
The players who are going to be the teammates of Federer at Indian Aces are Pete Sampras, the American legend who is not active on the tour anymore, Ana Ivanovic, the female player from Serbia and the local superstar Sania Mirza who is a doubles specialist.
Apart from these names, there are some other superstars as well who will be seen in IPTL.