The Association of Tennis Professionals has confirmed Geneva will take the spot on its ATP World Tour vacated by Dusseldorf from 2015.
Classified among the tour’s lowest tier of ATP 250 events, the Geneva Open will take place from May 16-23 at the Tennis Club de Geneva at the Parc des Eaux-Vives – marking the return of professional men’s tennis to the Swiss city for the first time since 1991.
ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said: “We’re delighted to welcome an internationally renowned city like Geneva back onto the ATP World Tour from 2015. The Tennis Club de Genève is a beautiful club that carries a lot of history in the sport. This new event will make an excellent addition to the ATP clay court season in the spring.”
Ion Tiriac and Rainer Schuettler, tournament owners, added: “We are delighted to have the pleasure to organise this new professional tennis tournament together with the close collaboration of the City and Canton of Geneva and the Tennis Club de Genève. Our recent discussions in Geneva have convinced us that all the ingredients are there in order to organise a first class event that will please the fans, players and partners alike.”
Tournament organisers cancelled the Dusseldorf Open earlier this month having been unable to secure the required commercial backing for 2015. The clay court competition venue in North Rhine-Westphalia had hosted tennis tournaments annually since 1978.