Daniil Medvedev, the former US Open champion, will make his long-awaited comeback as a wildcard at the Geneva Open, which begins on May 15 in Switzerland.
The ATP 250 claycourt tournament will provide players with a last-minute chance to win matches before the French Open, which begins on May 22.
The competition has attracted a number of prominent players, including Casper Ruud, Denis Shapovalov, and Reilly Opelka, in addition to Medvedev. Let’s take a look at all you need to know about the Geneva Open without further ado:
What does the Geneva Open entail?
In 1980, the Geneva Open was staged for the first time on clay in Geneva, Switzerland. After the 1991 edition, the competition was no longer held.
When the Dusseldorf tournament was relocated to Geneva in 2015, the city was given another opportunity to host an ATP event. It has been an ATP 250 tournament every year since then.
Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, and Thomas Muster are among the best players that have won the Geneva Open. Stan Wawrinka, the local favorite, won both 2016 and 2017 when the event restarted.
Casper Ruud, the world No. 10 at the time, won the tournament’s most recent edition in 2021.
With the injury, the Geneva Open begins.
Stan Wawrinka’s return road struck a snag on Friday when he withdrew from the Geneva Open tennis event next week due to injury.
After missing most of 2021 due to a foot ailment that needed two surgeries, the Swiss three-time Grand Slam winner won his first match in 15 months on Monday in Rome.
However, after losing in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open to top seed Novak Djokovic on Thursday, he informed the Geneva organizers that he would be unable to compete.
The 37-year-old had been handed a wildcard to play in front of home fans on the Geneva clay the week before the French Open.
“It’s disappointing because we’re in Switzerland, he won the event twice, and he was the tournament’s ambassador for the first three years when it returned to Geneva,” tournament director Thierry Grin told AFP.
“He has been hurt, unfortunately. It occurs from time to time.” After undergoing hernia surgery last month, world number two Daniil Medvedev will compete in the 28-man event. Other top 20 players competing include last year’s victor Casper Ruud, runner-up Denis Shapovalov, and Reilly Opelka.
The ATP 250 event is being hosted at the Tennis Club de Genève, which is located in the Parc des Eaux-Vives and is Switzerland’s oldest tennis club.
The 28-player lineup in Geneva is led by world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, with the reigning winner, Casper Ruud seeded second.
The competition will be the Russian’s first after having hernia surgery. Medvedev last competed at the Miami Open in March, when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.
Despite reaching the final of the Australian Open to open the 2022 season, Medvedev is still looking for his first title of the year. The Geneva Open will be an ideal chance for him to accomplish so.