BERN, May 5, 2015
About two months ahead of the 100th edition of the Swiss Open in Gstaad, the organizers presented first details about the tournament at a media conference taking place at the hotel Schweizerhof in Bern on Tuesday morning.
Tournament director Jeff Collet, his vice-president Julien Finkbeiner and the president of the Swiss Open AG, Ruth Wipfli Steinegger, took a look at last year’s edition as well as the tournament’s anniversary in 2015.
“100 years of tennis tradition in Gstaad will be celebrated in a fitting way,” they announced.
People will get the opportunity to have a look inside the tournament’s history at an exhibition of paintings and photos presented at Gstaad’s promenade. On Sunday, July 26, a couple of tennis legends will have a special appearance on centre court. Former world number one Ilie Nastase, 1981 Gstaad champion Wojtek Fibak, three times Gstaad winner Alex Corretja as well as 1980 Gstaad champion Heinz Günthardt will take part.
The organizers also announced part of the 2015 player’s field led by world number nine Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss will be joined by defending champion Pablo Andújar, Feliciano López, David Goffin, Viktor Troicki as well as former Gstaad champions Mikhail Youzhny (2013), Marcel Granollers (2011) and Thomaz Bellucci (2009, 2012).
Upholding the tournament’s motto, “today’s champions” will be challenged by (still) unknown “stars of tomorrow”, the ATP 250 clay court event is taking place from July 25 to August 2.