Four-time champion Roger Federer, who missed the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, is back in Indian Wells this year after winning a record 18th Grand Slam.
Roger Federer is back. Back at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this year (after missing 2016), back as a Grand Slam champion, and back as the most sought-after man in tennis.
The thing is, Federer never truly left. Most tennis players have injuries that knock them out for fits and starts at one point or another during their careers, but the 18-time major winner didn’t have to deal with such a challenge until late 2016, when a knee injury forced him from the game for the second half of the season.
It was the same injury that had put him out of Indian Wells for the first time in 15 years last March, but also the beginning of a script that’s final lines would be written in his triumph Down Under last week, marking a record 18th major and earning him (once again) tennis accolades from around the globe for his come-from-behind win over career rival Rafael Nadal.
Federer has always been a fan favorite in the Desert - as he is everywhere else in the world. The four-time Indian Wells title holder now will stride into Stadium 1 in March with a sense of self-assurance and confidence. Could he win his first trophy here in five years? It’s certainly possible.
Fans have witnessed some of Federer’s best tennis over the years at Indian Wells, including his gripping 18-match win streak from 2004-06, his return to the winner’s circle in 2012, and must-see battles against foes like Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray and more. (All of whom are part of the BNP Paribas Open field this year.)
Will you be there? It’s the chance to once again see Federer in full flight, not to mention bask in the glory that is Tennis Paradise, a completely revamped Stadium 1, new dining options and world-class tennis. Advantage, Roger. And advantage you for being there.