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2017

«An extraordinarily successful year»

Just two hours before the final, Swiss Indoors President Roger Brennwald (photo) presented the media his first summary of the 2017 Swiss Indoors. The rights owner was very satisfied with the proceedings, he deemed the year to have been «extraordinarily successful». For the second time since 1986, the four top seeds all reached the semi-finals. After friendly political exchanges with the CEO of the ATP World Tour, Chris Kermode, the Basel patron assumes that «the Masters 500 event’s vested rights are guaranteed for the future». Brennwald tactfully sidestepped a reporter’s question on whether Rafael Nadal was a question again. «His withdrawal this year was a bit “Spanish” for me». However, the contract with Roger Federer has a further two years left to run. In connection with renovation work at the St. Jakobshalle, Brennwald thanked the hall’s management and the city of Basel for the good working relationship. For 2018, the largest sporting event in Switzerland expects investments of a seven-figure sum to update the tennis infrastructure to current requirements. The 2017 tournament registered a final total of 71,900 spectators: not a record, but an absolute top figure in European indoor tennis.

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