Game, set and match!

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Game, set and match – for almost 100 years

The Swiss Open Gstaad – also known as the "Wimbledon of the Alps" – has been attracting tennis enthusiasts from across the globe since 1915. No other tournament in Switzerland can look back on such a long and prestigious tradition. The international tennis world looks on when the red sand takes centre-stage in July.

It stands at 40:30. Match ball for Lucas Arnold Ker. A brief ball change and it's over. The young Roger Federer loses his first tournament as a professional in 1998 in Gstaad in two sets: 4:6, 4:6. He has just won the Junior Wimbledon tournament and has travelled directly from London to the tennis centre of the Alps. He takes the defeat well. After all, it won't be his last ATP tournament in Gstaad.

Roger Federer enjoys the understated atmosphere in Gstaad during his games at the Swiss Open Gstaad.
Roger Federer enjoys the understated atmosphere in Gstaad during his games at the Swiss Open Gstaad.

Cup and cow for Federer

Six years later. It stands at 40:15. Yet another match ball. This time for Federer in the Final of the Swiss Open Gstaad against Igor Andreev. Federer wins the tournament in four sets. Another nine years later there's no cup, but in its place a Simmental cow called Désirée as a trophy. Other tennis greats have also played in the Gstaad tournament. Tony Roche, Rod Aver, Ilie Nastase, Boris Becker, Yannick Noah, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier and many more. 45 elite tennis players meet here every year and enhance Gstaad's reputation as the " Wimbledon of the Alps".

Variety in the tournament village.

Entertainment, stalls, different restaurants. The official tournament village welcomes spectators with a range of catering, refreshments and quiet places to relax. Entry is free to the village. A wide range of culinary, sporting and cultural events are available to anyone who wishes to experience even more.

Roy Emerson Arena

The most successful player in the tournament's history is the Australian Roy Emerson with five victories. That is the reason why the stadium, erected anew every year, carries his name. With a capacity of 4,500 seats, the arena offers every member of the audience a perfect view of the Centre Court and the Bernese Alps. It is a place where a friendly atmosphere encounters an amazing spectacle – just like Gstaad.

More information: www.swissopengstaad.ch

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The region has a further 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day.

Over a thousand cultural and sporting events are available to visitors every year, including top events with an international reputation. In addition, visitors will find first-class hotels, outstanding shopping facilities along the traffic-free promenade and an airport in Saanen.

Contact

Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus
Promenade 41
CH - 3780 Gstaad
Tel +41 33 748 81 81
Fax +41 33 748 81 83
info@gstaad.ch

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