The Swiss Open is a professional tennis tournament in the ATP. It is held in Gstaad, Switzerland and as of 2021, it is sponsored by J Safra Sarasin, a local bank. With the sponsorship, it is called the J Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad.
The Swiss Open was founded in 1898. At its inception, it was originally called the Swiss International Championships. From 1970 to 1989, it was a part of the Grand Prix Tennis circuit. Starting in 1990, it was included in the ATP Series.
From 1990 to 1997 it was under the ATP World Series. From 1998 to 2008, it was under the ATP International Series and since 2008, it is categorized under the ATP World Tour 250 Series.
The tournament is noted for being the highest venue on the ATP Tour in Europe. Gstaad is found 1,050 meters above sea level.
Venue and Court
Current editions of the Swiss Open are held at the Roy Emerson Arena. It can seat up to 4,500 people, and it was named after tennis great Roy Emerson.
The outdoor tennis courts have a clay surface.
Swiss player Roger Federer was presented with a cow in his first Swiss Open following his win at Wimbledon in 2003. He was again presented with a cow when he made an appearance at the tournament in 2013.
The very first edition of the Swiss Open, which was held in 1915, was won by Victor de Coutbasch. He defeated homegrown player Charles Barde for the title.
The very first Swiss player to win at the tournament was Rene de Grenus who won in 1916. As of 2021, the last Swiss player to win the Swiss Open was Federer who won in 2004.