25. Apr 2023
ATP Tour 500 – EUR 2.196 million – 21 to 29 October 2023
First top commitments
The numbers 2 and 7 aren’t the new winning numbers in the numbered lotto; they are the first high-calibre player commitments for this year’s Swiss Indoors. The top duo is led by the youngest world number one of all time, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz (ATP 2), followed by Denmark’s Holger Rune (ATP 7). Just a few months ago, the two 19-year-olds were trading as shooting stars – how time flies. They have now become outstanding figures of world tennis.
Carlos Alcaraz starts on Super Monday
world of tennis has turned upside down. Aged just 19, Carlos Alcaraz has become the measure of all things. The tennis
experts agree that he will transform the sport of tennis and take the game into
a new dimension. The high-flyer from Murcia has already won the Indian Wells
and Buenos Aires titles this year, and last week he triumphed over Tsitsipas in
Barcelona after his win in the final. The tremendous force and precision behind
his strokes leave his opponents trembling. Alcaraz will play his opening match
at St. Jakob on Monday,
23 October 2023 as part of Super Monday. If things go in his
favour, he will return to the court on Wednesday, 25 October.
Holger Rune also wins the hearts of fans
Alcaraz isn’t the only one taking things by storm: Holger Rune has also won the hearts of fans and disrupted the
tennis scene with his carefree manner and varied playstyle. Entry into the top
ten is just another stop on the road for the ambitious Dane, who made it to the
final at last year’s Swiss Indoors (defeated by Félix Auger-Aliassime) and who,
at the ATP Masters 1000 in Bercy, Paris, the following week, caused a stir with
five victories against top-ten players. His crowning as ATP Newcomer of the Year was the logical consequence. He made an
impressive start to this year’s clay court season with the final qualification
in Monte Carlo and his win in Munich. His first-round match at Swiss Indoors is
scheduled for Tuesday,
24 October 2023. His round of 16 would take place on Thursday, 26 October.
Swiss players on the radar
the time being, the Swiss style of
tennis is still lacking in the world-class field. Last year, the cut-off
for direct qualification in the main field at Swiss Indoors was 51st place in the ATP, a mark that
proves the incredible quality in Basel. No Swiss athletes are currently among
the top 50 in the rankings. ‘Of course, we follow the results of the Swiss
players very closely and hope for one or two exploits from our top performers.
We will discuss the issue of wild cards after the summer holidays,’ explained
tournament president Roger Brennwald.
Grand opening on Super Monday and other commitments
The musical programme for the Grand Opening on Super Monday and all other player commitments will be announced in the coming weeks, once the season on clay and grass courts has gained more profile.
Official advance ticket sales begin on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 at 10:00 am. Tickets can be ordered online via the Swiss Indoors website or the Ticketcorner website.