Local fans rooting for a local boy is understandable. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. The poster in question was saying Basel fans 'don't really care for Nadal, Murray and del Potro' and would be less inclined to attend if only they played and not Federer. That's not just being partisan for your own guy (which is still stupid; I've haven't supported an American man in about a decade), it's saying that you're such a poor tennis fan that you consider the games of ALL those three not very enticing. Who but an extreme Fedtard would claim that none of those three has an interesting game? Basel will survive without Federer just like Barcelona would survive without Nadal. That poster was just trolling.
if you had to name one town in the world where you would think there is the biggest concentration of Fed tards, which one do you think it would be?
Of course any tournament in the world with Rafa, Murray and Del Potro will be attended, but also have in mind that the Basel crowd is spoiled and it's an yearly Roger benefice, so it will be attended but might not be packed, the media won't be overexcited, the sponsors as well.
The tournament will probably survive without Fed, but won't flourish, that's for sure.
If it wasn't any problem for this tournament if Roger would skip or not, it wouldn't be in the media at all.
Acapulco survives without Roger ever stepping there, but remember what happened in Columbia at the exhib - it looked like a bloody riot over there, so imagine the impact on a spoiled Basel crowd.
Basel would have easily became an uninteresting Stockholm kind of tournament if it wasn't for Roger and if Brenwald insists on his actual position, it will become like Geneva CH in a matter of 5 years.