India’s leading women’s tennis player, Sania Mirza believes that the Mahesh Bhupathi-founded International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is playing a huge role in promoting tennis in the country. The US Open mixed doubles champion who is a part of the winning Micromax Indian Aces team spoke glowingly about the benefits of IPTL.
Federer-Djokovic clash will inspire Indian kids
The 28-year-old is confident that seeing legends like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play at New Delhi will inspire many kids to take up racquets, Mirza insisted in a recent interview released by the IPTL website.
“For me, to see Roger play Novak in India would not have happened if this competition was not there. People need to understand how important this is.” she said.
Delhi atmosphere was electric
Sania talked about the amazing atmosphere at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium for the Federer v Djokovic clash.
“To see Roger and Novak play the way they did in Delhi, one full intense set was unbelievable. We had 15,000 people there and the energy was electric that evening.” Sania felt.
Inspiration from Top Tennis Stars
The doubles World No. 6 hopes that the influx of so many top-20 players will spread the popularity of the game further. If the IPTL continues every year, Sania is certain that this experience will lead to many more players emerging from India.
“It’s really good for tennis, good for Asia and good for India. In fact, to see so many top 20 men and women’s players right there under one roof in India over 3 days was unbelievable, and if it’s going to happen every year, it’s going to be amazing and hopefully this experience will lead to more players coming from this part of the world as well,” Sania Mirza hoped.