Praise from sports minister
In Basel Town Hall, the government of the City of Basel hosted the draw for the Swiss Indoors. At the ceremony, Dr. Christoph Eymann, sports minister and member of the governing council, congratulated the organising committee of the third largest indoor tournament of the ATP Tour on its "world-class achievement in attracting a fine line-up of participants year after year". The government official was highly impressed by the quality of the draw in Basel, saying that he did not mind whether there were five or six starters from the top ten lining up for the tournament. The esteemed politician also emphasised the high commercial value of the Swiss Indoors for the Basel region. President Roger Brennwald thanked him for the kind words in his opening speech and declared that Basel was ready for a thrilling tennis festival of the highest quality.