Roger Federer drumming-up Indian support ahead of new league

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Roger Federer was on-hand to ensure that the organisers of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League could breathe a huge sigh of relief, with the Swiss star stepping in for the injured Rafael Nadal. 

It seems to be the fashion at the moment; money spinning leagues in India for different sports keep popping up, and tennis is the latest to receive the treatment.

Following the successful IPL (Indian Premier League) in cricket and the highly-anticipated introduction of a footballing equivalent next week, top stars with a racquet - current and old - have signed up to test the water.


Federer will play for the Indian Aces alongside the man he leapfrogged to go first in the all-time Grand Slam titles list, Pete Sampras, as well as the likes of Ana Ivanovic and Gael Monfils.

Three other teams have also got a mix of legends, current stars and local players to compete in the league.

Ahead of his own participation for the Aces, Federer has taken to Twitter to rally interest and gain some support along the way.

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'India, here I come! Looking forward to playing two matches in Delhi on December 7th & 8th. I’m beyond excited,' he said to his following of over two million.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion then asked fans to display their photoshop skills to edit the 33-year-old into famous landmarks that he should visit.

Sure enough the Swiss star soon found himself in images at places such as the Taj Mahal and the River Ganges.

Aside from the popular tourist destinations Federer was also imposed onto an elephant, an IPL match, a Rickshaw and many other things.

Busy time

It'll certainly be no mean feat if he does manage to do all the things that Twitter have mocked him into, after all he's there to play tennis.

Today's fun was mostly to aid publicity around the event, one would suspect, but usually tennis' most successful star has no shortage of supporters.

Even at the recent US Open, for example, the eventual losing semi-finalist was cheered on along the way by other sporting legends in the form of Thierry Henry and Michael Jordan.


However Federer won't be the only star attraction on show. Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams - all due to play in India - are in their peak on-court and are used to wowing the crowds. 

It's been a while Sampras, Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic were competing at the highest level, but they'll all dust off their kit to play in the intriguing Asian tournament.  

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