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Tennis

Dhols, music, gongs...Davis Cup Dilli style
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 03, 2013
First Published: 00:49 IST(3/2/2013)
Last Updated: 01:46 IST(3/2/2013)

Stray close to a Davis Cup tie in Delhi and you may well get the impression that some boisterous Punjabi wedding is taking place inside the stadium.

There are dhols, loud music and even gongs pealing away. All this, mind you, is done strictly in between points and does not infringe upon the concentration of the players.

A point by India not only elicits hardy drum beating and noise generation, it also triggers off spontaneous bhangra dancing.

The Delhi tennis association ropes in professional dhol players as well as a DJ who lets loose patriotic adrenaline pumping songs.

Paes, for one, was regularly seen nodding his head to the beat during changeovers. The tricolour flutters across the stadium and there is also a ready supply of confetti bombs in case of a victory.

In no other venue across the country does Davis Cup reach the crescendo that it does in loud Delhi.

For this, the organising body deserves kudos, for it makes the spectator experience all the more enjoyable.

That they also went to the extent of setting up a counter to distribute free tickets weeks in advance shows that DLTA did plan ahead to make this a tie that saw record attendance on Saturday.


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