02. Mai 2019
This autumn, Basel will once again be the meeting place for high-profile stars with an explosive mix: among Swiss Indoors' leading group are the doyen and the newest in the top ten, namely titleholder Roger Federer (ATP 3) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 9) from Greece, who has recently joined the ranks. With ATP Masters Champion Alexander Zverev (ATP 4) from Germany and Marin Cilic (ATP 11) from Croatia, these world-class players are fighting for the tournament title. Basel is the only Swiss event to present Federer and Stan Wawrinka (ATP 34), both Swiss Grand Slam winners, in the field.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will serve in the St. Jakobshalle as the third member of the top ten. The Greek high-flyer of recent months has been one of the top ten since the start of March and is working towards achieving his big breakthrough in the world of tennis. Last week he won his third ATP title in Estoril. Tsitsipas will be competing in Switzerland for the second time after debuting in Basel as a 19-year-old last year.
The Swissman has special memories of the Greek. This year in Dubai, he bested him on a hard surface on the way to his 100th tournament title. In return, Tsitsipas kept the upper hand against Federer in a ferocious tie-break battle in the round of sixteen at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. Swiss Indoors fans will be able to enjoy thrilling matches as early as the first round this year. Roger Federer will contest his opening match on Super Monday. If he survives the starting round, he will play next on Wednesday, 23 October. Stefanos Tsitsipas is set to play on Tuesday, 22 October.
Basel will serve up a successful sporting performance with an old-hand, croatian Marin Cilic. The 2016 Basel champion is considered the athletic decathlete. He is a potential winner based purely on his hard hits indoors. Stan Wawrinka from Vaud submitted his entry to the competition well in advance. The three-time major winner hopes to be able to improve enough to make it onto the seeding list before Basel.
Since 2008, Super Monday has seen the global tennis stage at St. Jakob traditionally become a festival of music and tennis. Soul star Anastacia will open this year’s Swiss Indoors with a show starting at 5.30 p.m. To jog your memory – the singer, hailing from Chicago and residing in Miami, performed the official title song for the FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002. Following the grand opening, Roger Federer will step up to defend his title at 7 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the qualifying rounds (19/20 October) as well as the main tournament from Monday to Thursday (21 to 24 October). Tickets can be ordered online via the Swiss Indoors website and from the Ticketcorner website. Thanks to Ticketcorner, more than 1,400 advance ticket sales points are available, including all post office counters.