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 tournament responded with a tweet:
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) February 26, 2016
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)