08. Jun 2022
Shooting star Carlos Alcaraz at the Swiss Indoors Basel
ATP Tour 500 – EUR 2.276 million – 22 to 30 October 2022
Next generation forges ahead
Spanish-born Carlos Alcaraz (ATP 7) is threatening to shake up the seemingly fixed hierarchy of the global elite with victories against all the best players in the sport. Over his four tournament victories this season, this 19-year-old shooting star has wowed the tennis world with his outstanding success and the galactic power and precision behind his shots. Alcaraz will play his first game in St. Jakob at prime time on Monday, 24 October 2022. If things go in his favour, he will return to the court on Wednesday, 26 October.
‘His forehand is like clockwork’
Alcaraz, the powerhouse from Murcia, has broken free of the usual tennis mould. ‘His forehand is like clockwork. He not only has stamina, he also plays smart tennis – like chess,’ enthused a Eurosport reporter at the French Open. In this physically demanding sport, it’s rare indeed that a young player can rule the roost across several tournaments. In Madrid, for example, Alcaraz defeated both Nadal and Djokovic. Now, tennis buffs are calling him the new world no. 1.
Basel’s tradition of rising stars
It would be wrong to celebrate Alcaraz as nothing more than a wunderkind in a bubble bath of emotions. The Iberian youngster, coached by former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, plays tennis with a down-to-earth touch. He emulates his role model Rafael Nadal, who played in Basel’s ATP tournament for the first time at the age of 17 (2003) and now holds the exclusive record of 22 Grand Slam victories. The Swiss Indoors can look back on a proud tradition of showcasing rising stars at an early stage. Alongside Nadal, Basel also hosted the debut of renowned young players such as Agassi, McEnroe, Lendl, Edberg, and Tsitsipas, to name just a few.
Alcaraz on ‘Super Monday’
As mentioned, Alcaraz will take to the court in the top game of the day on 24 October. Due to his commitments and the strong emergence of the next generation, the Swiss Indoors will focus on the tennis on Super Monday with a full programme. The shortened show act will now take place as part of the 15-minute opening ceremony, starting at 5.30 pm.
Advance sales in full swing
Tickets can be ordered online via the Swiss Indoors website or the Ticketcorner website. Ticketcorner also provides more than 1,400 booking locations, including all Swiss Post branches.
Tickets already bought are valid
Tickets purchased in 2020/21 remain valid for the same day and seat in 2022.