Roger Federer has agreed to step in and replace old foe Rafa Nadal in the Indian franchise of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), organisers said on Monday.
Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out because of "health problems" hours before Federer, the winner of a record 17 slam titles, stepped in despite initially appearing apprehensive of the league.
"Namaste India! I'm really looking forward to making my first trip to New Delhi and playing for the Indian Aces. My team tells me that there are a lot of tennis fans and my supporters in the region, so I hope you can come out and support me in December. See you there!" Federer said in a recorded message.