ATP Geneva: The Geneva Open has found its place with great success

Restarted in 2015, the Geneva Open initially met with skepticism from some before proving its quality and earning its place on the calendar. Today no one doubts its importance.

“Sold out”, closed counters. The poster that hung at the entrance to the Geneva Open on Wednesday afternoon says a lot about the success of the Geneva tournament, which even survived the Covid. Some, far from knowing anything about tennis, had nevertheless been amused to mock it at its (re)birth in 2015 and then even during some of the following issues. Mistake! Seven years later, the “GO” (ATP 250) is firmly established on the ATP calendar and boasts of having hosted some of the best players in the world. Pell-mell, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev, Casper Ruud, Denis Shapovalov or Grigor Dimitrov entered the clay court of the Parc des Eaux-Vives. This shows the importance and above all the quality of the event.

I really wanted to come back here, it’s a chance to develop in such an environment.

Reilly Opelka, number 4 of the Geneva Open

With violence, it’s well known, it feels far around. “I’ve only heard good things about this tournament over the last few months, so I didn’t hesitate to come” remarked Sunday Medvedev, a world number.The club is superb, the context is great“, emphasizes the Italian. Even beaten at the beginning of 2021, before moving to Roland-Garros, Reilly Opelka had only one wish: to find Geneva. “Everything is great there, it’s a chance to develop in such an environment‘ blows the American, who will be in the semi-finals on Friday.

This enthusiasm cannot be denied by the spectators who flocked to the site from day one of qualifying. These don’t come primarily to see a star, but simply for the game at its essence. “Our strength is proximitytestifies Alain Tripod, President of TC Geneva. The audience is only a few meters away from the players. He can thus realize the speed, the precision, the effects, etc. It’s an incredible opportunity.”

The audience is only a few meters away from the players. He can thus realize the speed, the precision, the effects, etc. It’s an incredible opportunity.

Alain Tripod, President of TC Geneva

Alain Tripod, President of TC Geneva

Relaunched in 2015, the Geneva Open has evolved with its new title sponsor (Gonet) committed until at least 2023 and thanks to support from the city and canton. Here, barring one catastrophe, it’s gone for eternity. “The tournament has found its cruising speed and audience” exclaims Tripod. “The tournament gets better with each edition, and that shows not only in the players it hosts, but also in the number of spectators‘ says Gerard Tsobanian, who is in charge of the event.

Even his place on the calendar, just before a Grand Slam, didn’t stop him from growing. However, we remember that voices had judged that it was the worst possible time to organize an event of this kind, as there would be no big player. It was before the “click Stan Wawrinka”. In 2015, the people of Vaud took part in the event, certainly without shining there (elimination in the quarter-finals against Delbonis), but then “walked” at Roland-Garros. That then brought the proof that you can remove a monument if you played the previous week. From then on, to say that mid-May has become an ideal date is almost a step.

It is true that the facility is amazing, even more so when the sun is there. On Tuesday at the end of the day, Daniil Medvedev, Richard Gasquet and the 3700 spectators at headquarters made a huge move. Also the birds chirping their luck. The anecdote goes that in 2016, when former ATP No. 8 John Isner attended for the first time, he asked the organizers why they recorded birdsong…

Geneva, Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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