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ATP tennis returned to Geneva in 2015 for the first time since 1991 when the tournament formerly held in Dusseldorf relocated to the Tennis Club de Genève at the Parc des Eaux-Vives, the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland.
The Geneva Open is the third ATP World Tour event to be held annually in Switzerland, joining the Swiss Open in Gstaad – a clay-court event held in late July – and the Swiss Indoors Basel, an indoor hard-court event played in the autumn. Unlike Gstaad and Basel, however, ATP Geneva has a prime position in the calendar leading up to a Grand Slam, which boosts its chances of attracting a strong field and magnifies its significance.
Held the week before the second Grand Slam of the year begins in Paris, the Geneva Open offers ATP World Tour players a last chance to fine-tune their games ahead of the French Open and many contenders for Roland Garros glory can be found at the prestigious Tennis Club de Genève in late May.
Geneva hosted a top-flight ATP World Tour event in the 1980s known as the Barclays Open, which included the likes of Mats Wilander, Adrian Pannatta, Sergei Bruguera and Thomas Muster among its champions. Bjorn Borg would capture the last of his 64 singles titles at the Barclays Open in Geneva in 1981, but there was no champion the Geneva event was prouder of than Marc Rosset in 1989. Geneva-born Rosset would win a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and reached a career-high of world no. 9 in 1995.
Rosset’s achievements have of course been surpassed over the past decade and more by Switzerland’s two great champions, 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, who not only partnered Federer to Olympic gold in 2008 but won his first Grand Slam at the 2014 Australian Open – the same year he and Federer would join forces to bring the Davis Cup home to Switzerland for the first time in the tournament’s history.
The tournament’s return to Geneva in 2015 was clearly inspired by the boom in tennis interest after Switzerland’s Davis Cup triumph in 2014 and the Geneva Open features the best of homegrown Swiss talent alongside French Open contenders, clay-court veterans and rising talents looking to make their mark at one of the sport’s prestigious venues.
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