A draw worthy of a world championship
Great news for Swiss Indoors Basel from Ponte Vedra, Florida: with six of the top-10 men, the entry list for the highlight of the Swiss tennis calendar (19 to 27 October 2013) is packed with more talent than ever before. The newly crowned US Open champion Rafael Nadal leads the elite world-class field featuring an amazing five players currently in qualifying positions for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The best field in ATP Tour history
Following pressure from the ATP, the ATP World Tour was formed in 1990 as a joint venture between players and tournaments. “This year’s field is not only the strongest since the new tour started, but also the best ever in the history of Swiss Indoors”, explained tournament president Roger Brennwald, who is delighted at the ideal date for the event, as well as the incredible strength of talent on show and the ideal blend of established stars and emerging young players. “The healthy state of men’s tennis augurs well for the future of this fascinating sport and for Swiss Indoors”, Mr Brennwald added.
Nadal, from a different planet
Just like E.T. in the hit US movie, Nadal is tennis’s man from a different planet. The Majorcan celebrated his 13th Grand Slam title at the US Open and in so doing closed the gap in the ATP rankings behind leader Novak Djokovic to a mere 120 points. It’s quite possible that the all-conquering left-hander will make his appearance in the St. Jakobshalle as the new World Number 1. His record this year, with ten tournament wins, is out of this world. Nadal – the king of the clay – has not lost a single match on hard courts this season. In the separate race for points to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, the Spaniard is now well in the lead after his amazing comeback from injury.
Opening with Nadal on Monday 21 October 2013
In the traditional mixed double of sport and culture on Super Monday, 21 October 2013, star entertainer Udo Jürgens and the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra will get Swiss Indoors underway at 17.30 on Center Court in the St. Jakobshalle. Following on at 18.30 will be the first appearance at the Basel tournament of the man who has been calling the tune in world tennis in recent weeks, Rafael Nadal.
Wawrinka starts on Tuesday 22 October 2013
The Swiss stars Roger Federer (ATP 6) and Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP 10) are a major element in the world-class line-up. Whilst the date of Federer’s first match has yet to be decided, Wawrinka will play his opening match on Tuesday 22 October 2013 during TV prime time. This will be the first time that Wawrinka will appear in front of the Basel spectators as a top-ten ranking player in the ATP World Tour 500. The man from Canton Vaud impressed many people with the attacking tennis which saw him surge into the semi-finals of the US Open. The two members of the Swiss Tennis team are involved in an exciting private battle for a place in the line-up for the ATP World Tour Finals. After the New York event Federer lay in 7th place in the race, one spot ahead of Wawrinka with only 130 points separating the pair. Reaching the ATP World Tour Finals would be a career first for Wawrinka from the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Juan Martin Del Potro, defending champion
As ATP world-ranked 7, the Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro is a top seed in most world events. The 2009 US Open winner and reigning Swiss Indoors title holder is feeling the effects of the exceptionally strong Basel line-up, as after the US Open he was provisionally placed at “only” 4th in the seedings. But major shifts in the rankings are possible into October, since the stars of Basel are separated by the finest of margins. The ATP rankings a week before Swiss Indoors will determine the final seedings.
Keep an eye on Tomas Berdych, the all-rounder
Another superstar to jump out from the entry list is Tomas Berdych. The Czech has had success on all surfaces this year (clay, grass and hard courts) and has progressed to rank 5 in the ATP world rankings. This year will be his sixth appearance in the St. Jakobshalle. Berdych has a reputation as a destroyer in the draw – any opponent, even seasoned major winners, will fear his class.
Richard Gasquet – Vive la France
The quest for the top prize also has a French touch. Richard Gasquet (ATP 9) is a man on a mission to accumulate the points he needs for the ATP World Tour Finals. The form of this technically gifted son of a tennis coach continues on an upward curve. At the US Open he achieved the best Grand Slam result of his career by reaching the semi-finals and was only knocked out by the eventual winner, Rafael Nadal. Gasquet is appearing in Basel for the fourth time.
Raonic, Nishikori, Dimitrov – the Young Guns
One of the reasons for the amazing depth of talent in the Basel line-up is the progress made by the players signed up at an early stage. The “young guns” who have been flying in recent weeks include the Canadian Milos Raonic (ATP 11) and the Japanese Kei Nishikori (ATP 12). Bulgaria’s rising star Grigor Dimitrov (ATP 29), of whom many insiders expect great things in the future, will also be on display at Swiss Indoors. Unseeded, he will be a dangerously hot outsider from the first round. Whether he’ll bring his Russian girlfriend to Basel, Maria Sharapova, remains to be seen.
Basel – a Mecca for junior tennis
For more than twenty years now, the Swiss Indoors has focused on supporting the next generation of Swiss tennis talent. On the first day of the highly competitive qualifying tournament (all players in the top 100), 2,500 young people from the Basel region can obtain a free ticket from the Basler Zeitung newspaper at its Aeschenplatz premises or from the Sportamt Baselland, the cantonal sports office, in Pratteln. On the Sunday, the tournament management is also extending an invitation to 1,000 winners of junior club championships in Switzerland. The stars of tomorrow will experience a live coaching demonstration free of charge on the Center Court, the stage for the best tennis players in the world.
Make the most of advance sales
Thanks to the partnership between SBB/RailAway and Swiss Indoors Basel, spectators can once again take advantage of a reduced combination offer if they buy their tickets in advance, as well as making use of public transport to take them to the event. As before, the Center Court can seat up to 9,000 spectators, with a fantastic view guaranteed from all areas. The tournament days from Friday, 25 October to Sunday, 27 October 2013 are sold out. Tickets are still available for Saturday, 19 October to Thursday, 24 October 2013. We recommend booking tickets in advance from the following official outlets:
Tel. +41 (0)900 552 225
(CHF 1.19/min., fixed network)
Boxes, member cards, VIP tickets
Tel. +41 (0)61 485 95 94
Swiss Indoors Basel
Mr Jürg Vogel
Phone +41 (0)79 358 54 04