The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate.
Aimed at whetting the appetite of Asian fans, generally starved of top-level action, the reaction in India to the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was crucial to the inaugural tournament's fortunes.
As I headed towards the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Day 2 of the International Premier Tennis League, like any other tennis fan, I too, was brimming with excitement. There was disappointment for everybody on the opening day, where Roger Federer didn’t play a match.
While the recently concluded International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was more about the hype around superstars like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, several tennis fans were thrilled to watch American legend Pete Sampras play live in front of their eyes.
The spectators, over 10,000 in number, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in the national capital were all excited. The supporting staff tried their best to convince everybody to get back to their seats as the match of the tournament was about to start.
After enthralling the Indian tennis fans for two days in the much-awaited Delhi leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), Swiss legend Roger Federer on Monday thanked all the fans for their support.
Roger Federer's countless fans did not have enough of him on his rare Indian sojourn and the Swiss superstar reciprocated their feelings saying that one day he would travel the "beautiful country in a big way".
With a crop of talented young players such as Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic knocking on the door of the exclusive men`s grand slam club, the "Big Four" hegemony over the game`s top tournaments may be coming to a close, said Novak Djokovic.
India's exciting date with the legends of tennis world ended on Monday after the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic gave enough glittering glimpses of their brilliance on the concluding day of IPTL.