Basel, 17 October 2017 / 5.15 p.m.
After a medical examination in Barcelona, the number one seed Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the most exciting tournament in Swiss tennis. According to an official statement from Nadal’s doctor and the discussion between the tournament organisers and Nadal’s manager Carlos Costa, the Spanish tennis player is suffering from an inflamed right knee. The health problems that have prompted Nadal to take a break now actually occurred during the tournament in Shanghai. Before this, the Iberian player had won the tournament in Beijing and the US Open. Taking Nadal’s place, the second strongest player of the season Roger Federer is now moving up to the top of the rankings in Basel.
The Swiss Indoors qualifying rounds will begin on Saturday, 21 October with some very strong players taking part. The best Swiss team to date will then play in the main tournament starting on Monday, 23 October. Two wild cards will be joining front runner Federer on the Swiss Davis Cup team: Henri Laaksonen (ATP 96) and Basel-born long-time pro Marco Chiudinelli (ATP 353). The two players secured their place in the Davis Cup World Group three weeks ago in Biel/Bienne in the game between Switzerland and Belarus.
Following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament due to injury, the players for the “Super Monday” opening show will only be announced after their names are drawn on Saturday, 21 October 2017. The opening ceremony will begin at 5.30 p.m. with musical performances from Amy Macdonald and the Basel Sinfonietta orchestra.