Some of Bollywood's sportiest stars were spotted at the ongoing International Premier Tennis League tournament on December 9 in New Delhi. Not only did Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh watch tennis superstars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play an exhibition match, they also played a friendly game with them.
The first-of-its-kind series, organised by Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi, also features Sania Mirza on the Indian Aces team. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was a VIP spectator.
The cameras began clicking when the Bollywood celebs present descended on the court with FedEx and Djoker. Aamir Khan, a well-known sports enthusiast who has played cricket and won a cycle race in his films, was the first among the actors to take to the court, partnering Federer against Djokovic and Sania.
Aamir Khan was accompanied to the game by his wife, filmmaker Kiran Rao and his three-year old son Azad, who also looked thrilled to meet Federer.
Clad in an all-black ensemble, former badminton player Deepika swapped the shuttlecock for a tennis ball. Deepika was accompanied to the match by her father, badminton great Prakash Padukone.
Deepika's doubles partner was Ek Villain star Riteish Deshmukh who owns the Celebrity Cricket League team, Veer Marathi. Riteish tweeted:
Akshay Kumar, as famous for his martial arts skills as his roles in action movies, shook Federer by the hand as Riteish twirled his racquet.
Manila Mavericks defeated Singapore Slammers 23-17 while Djokovic's UAE Royals beat Sania's Indian Aces 29-22.