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As the third-largest indoor tournament of the ATP Tour, Swiss Indoors has a proud tradition going back decades.

Since the ATP reform agenda was adopted in 2009, Swiss Indoors has been part of the 500 series – the ‘Champions League’ of tennis. For this reason, and thanks to the ongoing development, each year, the city of Basel presents an exclusive, world-class starting field.

Tournament history 1970 - 2019

Tournament history

1970
1970
Swiss Indoors founded and staged in its own air hall. Winner's prize: a wristwatch.
1974
The air dome hall becomes too small. The tournament switches to the Fiechtenhalle in Reinach, which has room for an audience of 1,500 people.
1975
1975
Inauguration of St. Jakobshalle Basel: various sideshow events (football, handball, gymnastics) held in connection with Swiss Indoors, which end in a surprise defeat of superstar Ilie Nastase at the hands of Jiri Hrebec.
1976
Return to the Fiechtenhalle in Reinach. Wimbledon winner Jan Kodes creates enthusiasm for tennis in the provinces.
1977
1977
Björn Borg's first match and brilliant victory at the Swiss Indoors. Results in tennis becoming hugely popular as a sport throughout the country.
1978
1978
Creation of sponsorship scheme (which still operates today) giving 3,000 young people free admission to the tournament each year.
1980
1980
An unforgettable final: Ivan Lendl beats the 'invincible' Borg.
1983
1983
The institution of the corporate box is established: firms are allocated private loge boxes at a Swiss sporting event for the first time.
1986
1986
Establishment of a 'tennis village' at which companies and other sponsors rent 'lounges' and organise customer events.
1988
New facilities set up in the foyer of the public area: screens in corridors, carpeting, uniform stand design, free 208-page Year Book, expansion of catering facilities etc.)
1989
1989
Swiss Indoors becomes the only tournament in a German-speaking country to be included in ATP's world TV pool (covering 16 tournaments worldwide).
1990
1990
From now on, the stadium only houses the Center Court. Court 2 is relocated to a secondary hall. Capacity raised to 8,500.
1993
1993
Michael Stich wins the tournament and Swiss Indoors adds another great name to the list that already includes Kodes (75), Borg (77), Vilas (78), Lendl (80+81), Noah (82+87), Gerulaitis (83), Edberg (85+86+88), Courier (89), McEnroe (90) and Becker (92).
1994
Swiss Indoors agrees a title sponsorship deal with 'Davidoff'. The tournament is renamed the Davidoff Swiss Indoors. This opens up new horizons for raising Basel's profile in world tennis.
1994
1994
Awarded the title ‘Unternehmer des Jahres des Kanton Basel-Landschaft’ (‘Entrepreneur of the year in the canton of Basel-Landschaft’). Roger Brennwald receives the award for innovation from the Basellandschaftlichen Kantonalbank.
1994
1994
Reception for Roger Brennwald at Basel Town Hall. Recognition by the Governing Council of the Canton of Basel-Stadt for raising awareness for Basel around the world.
1995
1995
Davidoff Swiss Indoors celebrates its silver jubilee with a world first: winners and superstars from the tournament's 25-year history meet up at three events which draw a total of 70,100 spectators and are broadcast in 41 countries. Supreme champion of the anniversary tournament: Jimmy Connors.
1996
1996
Another World No. 1 - Pete Sampras - wins Davidoff Swiss Indoors title.
1997
1997
Tournament of the year. At the World Championships in Hanover, Davidoff Swiss Indoors receive the 'Award of the Year' for outstanding facility services (installations, infrastructure and services for spectators and sponsors).
1999
1999
Roger Brennwald is named 'Basler of the Year' and awarded the 'Basler Star'.
1999
Roger Brennwald receives further acclamation as he is also honoured by being listed among Basel's top ten sports personalities of the century.
2000
2000
Swiss Top Sport, an institution encompassing the 13 biggest Swiss sporting events, is co-founded by Roger Brennwald.
2001
Roger Brennwald receives further acclamation as 'Basler of the Year' and is given the Swiss dialect title of 'Ehrespalebärglemer'.
2003
2003
Hall of fame. Davidoff Swiss Indoors receive a place of honour at the Swiss Sports Museum.
2003
Tournament of the year. Davidoff Swiss Indoors receive the 'ATP of the Year' award for best marketing and promotion.
2003
2003
Roger Brennwald gets the Promotion and Economic Development Prize 2003 from the municipality of Allschwil.
2004
2004
At the 'Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year' ceremony, Roger Brennwald is presented with the 'Basel Sports Champion' promotional award.
2005
Tournament of the year. Davidoff Swiss Indoors receive the 'ATP Award of the Year' for excellent organisation and services.
2005
2005
The international year of sport sees the foundation of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Business Club, the leading networking organisation in Swiss sports. Founded during the International Year of Sport, under the patronage of Adolf Ogi
2006
2006
Former ballboy Roger Federer wins home tournament in Basel and, in addition, is chosen as world sportsman of the year.
2008
The 'Sport Champion' award, the highest accolade of its kind in the canton of Basel-Landschaft, goes to Roger Brennwald, who donates the prize money of CHF 15,000 to the young and promising wheelchair sportswoman Andrea von Büren.
2008
2008
Roger Federer becomes the first player in the tournament's history to win the Basel title on three successive occasions. The introduction of Super Monday becomes a resounding success.
2009
2009
Expo + Event Swiss Association bestows the Award 'Xaver of the Year' on Roger Brennwald. This honorary prize is awarded to a public figure for outstanding achievements that have sustainable repercussions throughout Switzerland
2009
2009
Super Monday gets off to a spectacular start with performances from global superstar Montserrat Caballé, the Festival Orchestra and Basel theatre choir.
2009
2009
Promotion of the tournament to the newly-created 500 Series of the ATP World Tour. This confirms the status of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors as Switzerland's leading sporting event with an annual budget of CHF 18 million, and the world's third largest indoor tournament after Paris and Shanghai.
2010
2010
The 40th jubilee: 'It was an exciting journey through time, spanning four generations of tennis,' President Roger Brennwald wrote in an editorial. Following last year’s sensational performance by Montserrat Caballe, British tenor Paul Potts is set to wow the crowds on Super Monday.
2010
2010
SRG SSR produces the television feed for global distribution within the framework of the ATP TV World Pool 500. The tournament will be broadcast in 180 countries across all five continents.
2010
2010
The collaboration with title sponsor ‘Davidoff’ ends due to statutory regulations.
2011
Basel Tourism awards the Golden Pin of Honour to Roger Brennwalder for outstanding achievements.
2011
2011
Center Court doesn't know what has hit it. The colour blue has found its way into the St. Jakobshalle, mirroring conditions at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
2011
2011
Roger Federer wins the readers poll conducted by Ringier and Manor as the greatest player of the tournament’s history. Roger Brennwald holds the laudatory speech on the sold-out Center Court during Super Monday.
2012
2012
The event matches the tournament’s record audience of 72,200. Another dazzling opening ceremony on Super Monday under the motto of 100 years of Swiss Olympic, and honours for Switzerland’s Olympic Games legends Simon Ammann, Vreni Schneider and Edith Wolf-Hunkeler.
2012
2012
The ATP board of directors has confirmed that Swiss Indoors Basel will retain its status as an ATP 500 event until 2016. The tournament will remain the world’s third-largest indoor competition in the Champions League of premium events.
2013
As a result of ATP specifications, the total prize money on offer at the Swiss Indoors Basel is being increased to the record sum of EUR 1,988 million.
2013
2013
During the opening ceremony, world star Udo Jürgens performs an enthusiastic opening concert for the tournament together with the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra.
2014
2014
The Head of ATP Europe Laurent Delanney presents Roger Brennwald and his team a crystal Award on the occasion of the 25-year existence at the new ATP World Tour.
2014
Thomas Kastl, Director of St. Jakobshalle Basel, and representatives of the political instances of the canton of Basel-Stadt and the canton of Basel-Landschaft honour Roger Brennwald for the unique presence of the Swiss Indoors in the St. Jakobshalle since its inception in 1975.
2014
2014
Music icon Paul Anka and Rafael Nadal enchant the audience of 9,200 in the sold-out St. Jakobshalle on Super Monday. An opening that goes down in history. A major honour for the Swiss Indoors: Paul Anka rewrites his global hit “My Way” for the Swiss Indoors.
2014
2014
Tournament of the year. The ATP World Tour bestows on Basel the ATP award as ambassador of tournament tennis in the category of Best Marketing, Promotion and Development in Europe at its ceremony in Monte Carlo. This is already the fourth ATP ‘Oscar’ for Basel in the past two decades.
2015
A further pioneering step for the Swiss Indoors: its very own facility, the Sportcenter Paradies in Allschwil, opens its doors to the regional and national grassroots development of Swiss tennis under the auspices of TIF Tennis Academy in Frenkendorf.
2015
2015
Good news from the world of politics. The Great Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt unanimously approves CHF 105 million for the conversion of St. Jakobshalle. The renovated arena is to be completed by 2018.
2016
2016
“Champion von morgen” is the largest campaign to support young tennis players to date. It is being launched by Roger Brennwald in partnership with Swiss Tennis and business owner Reinhard Fromm to promote and raise the profile of junior club championships in all tennis clubs throughout Switzerland.
2016
2016
According to the latest analysis by 4Trend, Manchester United is the world’s most influential football club. Another survey revealed that the Swiss Indoors Basel is Switzerland’s most prestigious sporting event.
2017
2017
Swiss Indoors is the first tennis tournament in the country to install LED advertising hoardings, which appeare on Center Court and Court 2.
2017
2017
Opening Super Monday, Amy Macdonald and the Basel Sinfonietta captivate their audience in the sold-out hall.
2017
With over 3,500 hours of TV coverage, Swiss Indoors is poised to set a new record for global TV broadcasts amongst the annual large-scale events in Switzerland.
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