FOUR OF THE SIX BEST TENNIS PLAYERS IN THE WORLD TO PLAY AT THE SWISS INDOORS BASEL 2016!
ATP World Tour 500 – 2.152 million euros – 22 to 30 October 2016
Major tennis gala at St Jakob
The first five players to compete at this year’s tournament have been announced. With 4 of the top 6 ATP rankings, the Swiss Indoors Basel, to be held from 22 to 30 October 2016, are again shaping up to become a major tennis gala at St Jakob. Title-holder Roger Federer (ATP 3) will be facing some stiff competition on his hunt for his eighth title in his home town, including his longtime rival Rafael Nadal (ATP 5), who lost the final of the titans 3:6 in the final set last year.
Time for revenge
With the fighting spirit of a lion and his inspired left-hand artistry, Nadal rose to become the second favourite of the audience last year after maestro Federer. The Spaniard has emerged from the Valley of Doubt, as he showed impressively last week with his ninth win in Monte Carlo on sand. Nadal is ready to exact the big revenge, because the Majorcan is also absolute world class indoors. With the match form he gained in Basel, he remained the only player to be unbeaten in the preliminary round in 2015 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Nadal to start on Super Monday, Federer to begin on Tuesday Rafael Nadal will start his campaign on the traditional Super Monday (24 October). There will be a further sporting and musical highlight at the grand opening within the framework of the celebratory tournament-opening ceremony. The detailed programme will be published in the early summer.
Roger Federer himself will get involved in the events for the first time this year on Tuesday (25 October). The Swiss doyen in the world class has recovered well after having to undergo a knee operation in February. The break in the first quarter could turn out to be an advantage for Federer if he can maintain the necessary momentum until the run-in of the season, which features a busy schedule with the Olympic Games.
Stan the Man is going all out
As known from past events, the Swiss Indoors offer the full Swiss connection. Stan Wawrinka (ATP 4) already has two titles under his belt this year (Chennai and Dubai). At St. Jakobshalle, however, the man from the canton of Vaud still has some unfinished business, considering that he most recently lost four times in a row in the preliminary round. But every series comes to an end. Wawrinka has confirmed to tournament president Roger Brennwald that he will put all his efforts into fulfilling the expectations made of him in the coming autumn.
A reunion with Kei Nishikori
The continuously high level of competition at the Swiss Indoors enjoys recognition and respect around the globe. The Japanese player Kei Nishikori (ATP 6), who made it to the final at his first-ever appearance in Basel, has also contributed to this fame. The best Asian player of all time as the fourth man in the top 6 has what it takes to become a world number one, if he can slightly improve on his first serve and hit the ball even harder.
Watch out for Milos Raonic
When his name is drawn, the opponents are not so happy. Milos Raonic (ATP 11) was only 100 points behind the top ten after Monte Carlo. The former world number four has a hard serve and this year also the advantage of not having to replace an ATP valuation at the French Open in Paris. A back injury meant that Raonic was unable to compete at last year’s Swiss Indoors, as well as at the ATP World Tour Finals in London at the end of the season. With him as the best North American and Nishikori as the leader of Asia, Basel will present along with the top Europeans a dazzling line-up which no other ATP World Tour tournament of the 500 series can offer.
Swiss Indoors in perfect TV images around the globe
The Swiss tennis highlight has also consolidated its position at a high level in the global TV market. Thanks to the central marketing by ATP Media in London, footage from Basel was broadcast live over 3,397 hours and with a time delay in 175 countries last year. On TV sets, the accumulated range amounted to more than 21 million viewers; added to this is the seven-digit figure of frequencies on the strongly expanding online services.
Record Swiss prize money and tournament commitment
The financial commitment of the tournament for the players and the ATP World Tour will again exceed the threshold of two million euros. The total financial commitment of 2,151,985 euros includes the prize money on site for the players as well as the duties and taxes paid to the ATP Tour.
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