In 2009, after having received several annual ATP awards, the Swiss Indoors was promoted to the newly created 500 series of the ATP World Tour. This has underlined its status not only as Switzerland’s leading sporting event with an annual budget of CHF 18.5 million, but also as the world’s third-largest indoor tournament after Paris and Shanghai.
As the world’s third-largest indoor tournament, the status of the Basel event has also been upgraded by the ATP governing body. It is now part of the premium platform of the ATP World Tour 500 series, a status which – alongside the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events – is shared by just ten other tournaments worldwide.
In 2012, the ATP Board of Directors confirmed that the Swiss Indoors Basel will retain its status as an ATP 500 event until 2016. The tournament will therefore remain the world’s third-largest indoor competition in the Champions League of premium events.
One year later, as a result of ATP specifications, the total prize money on offer at the Swiss Indoors Basel was increased to the record sum of EUR 1,988 million.
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