21. Okt 2022
ATP Tour 500 – EUR 2.276 million – 22 to 30 October 2022
Three Swiss talents get chance in the field
The qualifiers (Oct. 22-23, play starts Saturday from 12:00 p.m., Sunday from 12:30 p.m.) will bring top-notch pros to the starting lineup before the sporting entrance to the main draw. The bulk of the 16-player field comes from the top hundred of the rankings, with the best of the qualifiers even from the top fifty. Four qualifiers will advance to the main field. And in keeping with tradition, the Swiss Indoors Basel gives first priority to the talents of Swiss Tennis: All three wild cards go to the Swiss, namely 19-year-old Jérôme Kym (ATP 428) from Basel, 20-year-old Leandro Riedi (ATP 257) from eastern Switzerland and 26-year-old Antoine Bellier (ATP 192) from Geneva. The top seeded in the qualifying round will be from the top fifty, which means tough challenges for the Swiss Guns. After an interruption, Leandro Riedi will again be coached by former champion Yves Allegro. Jérôme Kym, the youngest of the bunch of talents, is training in Kitzbühel under the direction of former pro Markus Hipfl. Left-hander Antoine Bellier resides in Cannes and only narrowly lost to Canadian star Denis Shapovalov in the main draw in Antwerp this week.
Kyrgios cancels with injury
Australian Nick Kyrgios' Swiss debut is postponed. The Wimbledon finalist most recently withdrew from the Tokyo indoor event with a knee injury and has now had to cancel for the Swiss Indoors Basel as well. Observers on the tour assume that the Australian will not play any more tournaments in Europe this year. As ATP number 27, the athletic hard hitter would have been one of the favorites in Basel.
The draw for the qualifying tournament will take place today, Friday, 9 p.m., and that for the main tournament tomorrow, Saturday, 4 p.m., at the Swiss Indoors media center in the St. Jakobshalle Basel.