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Four-time champ of the BNP Paribas Open Roger Federer announced on Friday that he will not be playing the tournament this year because of a knee injury. So, why even have the tournament this year?

Federer, winner of the tournament in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012, made the announcement on Facebook:

The Rehab for my knee is going really well! I have now had a lot of great practices on the court and in the gym. As it…

Posted by Roger Federer on Friday, February 26, 2016

The tournament responded with a tweet:

And everyone else reacted with tears:

Though it sucks fans in The Coachella Valley will not get a chance to see him, we do hope Federer makes a a full and speedy recovery.

The tournament, surprisingly, will still go on. It starts on March 7th.

(h/t Desert Sun)


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