27. Sep 2019
Four players from the top ten and a ranking cut-off of 50, meaning that all 23 direct qualifiers for the main competition are ranked in the world’s top 50. That’s this year's magnificent line-up for the Swiss Indoors Basel from 19 to 27 October 2019. A high concentration of talent – one of the best in recent years – sets the bar high for all the stars. As things stand, title-holder Roger Federer (ATP 3) heads up a top field including world champion Alexander Zverev (ATP 6), the young star Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 7) and the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (ATP 10). The Italian Fabio Fognini (ATP 11) and the Belgian David Goffin (ATP 14) are also among the seeds. Besides Federer, two more Grand Slam winners are taking part – the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (ATP 19) and the Croat Marin Cilic (ATP 28).
The slogan “Basel, the Name of the Game” is backed up by the presence of the best Americans who are set to become big names. These are Taylor Fritz (ATP 30), Frances Tiafoe (ATP 43) and the 2.11m giant Reilly Opelka (ATP 46). All members of this US group are 22 or younger! The eyes of American tennis fans will be fixed on Basel throughout the Swiss Indoors.
The last French title win in Basel came 32 years ago (Yannick Noah, 1987). After two semi-finals in 2012 and 2015 at St. Jakob, seasoned French campaigner Richard Gasquet (ATP 41) is always capable of surprises, as is his fellow countryman Benoit Paire (ATP 23). He has already won two titles this year, in Lyon and Marrakesh.
In line with the proud tradition of presenting wild cards to young players, Swiss Indoors has awarded the first wild card to 20-year-old Alex de Minaur (ATP 31). The ATP voted the rookie from Down Under as “Newcomer of the Year 2018”. De Minaur reached the final of the Next Generation Masters in Milan last year, and recently knocked Japanese star Kei Nishikori out of the US Open. This year, De Minaur has also won titles in Sydney and Atlanta.
As announced earlier, the opening ceremony will take place on Super Monday, 21 October 2019 with soul star Anastacia performing at 5.30 p.m. Following the grand opening, the record champion Roger Federer will begin his title defence at 7 p.m.
Given the outstanding line-up in the main field, there are sure to be plenty of great matches in the qualifying rounds on Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October 2019. Around 600 Swiss junior club champions are coming to enjoy the final stage on Sunday 20 October 2019. They have been specially invited by the Swiss Indoors Basel as part of the “Champion von morgen” initiative.
The outstanding field at Basel will also bring TV coverage to new heights, with over 3,000 TV hours in around 150 countries around the world. The Swiss broadcasting company SRF will provide the international TV feed right from day one of the main competition.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the qualifying rounds (19/20 October), as well as for the main competition from Tuesday to Thursday (22 to 24 October).