The Geneva open originally began in 1980 and is one of the most highly-anticipated men's tennis tournaments. It was discontinued in 1991, but it has since made a comeback after being reintroduced in 2015. It is the precursor to the Roland-Garros tournament, also known as the French Open. The Geneva Open, like many events last year, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is set to take place this year thanks to the vaccination programmes currently underway. It is set to start on 16 May 2021. Here's all you need to know about the 2021 Geneva Open.
Why is The Geneva Open so Important?
The Geneva Open is one of the four clay court ATP 250 events and it takes place before the French Open. The French Open, also known as the Roland-Garros tournament, is a clay court tennis tournament and one of four ATP Grand Slams. This year's Geneva Open is very important since Switzerland's greatest tennis player, Roger Federer, is scheduled to participate. However, Federer tends to excel on grass courts so it will be interesting to see whether he can hold his own on the clay.
Events in the Geneva Open
The Geneva Open is a men's tournament - and it has two main events. There is a men's singles tournament and a men's doubles tournament. The winner of the 2019 Geneva Open men's singles was 24-year-old Alexander Zverev, the towering firebrand representing Germany. The doubles tournament was won by Mate Pavic and Oliver Marach, from Croatia and Austria respectively. Here's a rundown on the particular favourites for this year's edition of the Geneva Open.
Top Seed #1 - Roger Federer
The Swiss great Roger Federer will be honing his skills at the Geneva Open before he moves on to Paris for the Roland-Garros showdown. Given the fact that he'll be participating in his home country, it is no surprise that the organisers have recognised that his odds of winning are good and have granted him the rank of top seed. Federer has not been playing his best recently, but many Swiss tennis fans are confident in his ability to take home the win.
Top Seed #2 - Denis Shapovalov
Only 22 years old, Denis Shapovalov is a Canadian firebrand who has made quite a name for himself. Shapovalov is travelling directly to Geneva from Rome, where he managed to hold his ground against clay legend Rafael Nadal in the finals. Shapovalov has defeated Nadal once before in the 2017 Canadian Open, and is looking to make his mark in Geneva.
Top Seed #3 - Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud is a Norwegian tennis player who has managed to become the highest-ranked Norwegian professional tennis player in history. At only 22 years old, he managed to achieve a number 16 ranking. Despite not winning any major tournaments yet, he is on his way to becoming one of the most highly-ranked tennis players of all time. He is very talented on the clay court and is expected to do very well here.
Wild Cards for the Geneva Open
Apart from the top three, other seeded players for the singles tournament include Grigor Dimitrov, Cristian Garin, Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire and Adrian Mannarino. Garin is one to keep an eye out for since the 24-year-old managed to defeat the old-hand Dusan Lajovic in the first round of the VTR Open when he was just 16 years old. Croatian legend Marin Cilic will also be taking part in the Geneva Open and is another name to look out for.
Yet another player who has sparked some interest, is the Spanish pro Pablo Andujar, who is going to be facing Roger Federer in his very first match. Despite not being very popular, Andujar has managed to win four ATP tour titles and is a very strong contender. And finally there is also the 18-year-old Dominic Stricker, a Swiss debutant who has a lot of potential.
Favourites for the Geneva Open Doubles Tournament
The doubles tournament of the Geneva Open is very exciting, and this year, the defending champions Pavic and Marach will be contesting to defend their crown. They are the only two-time winners of the Geneva Open doubles tournament, having won the competition back in 2018 and 2019. Pavic is also ranked number 1 in ATP men's doubles players. That's why it's no great surprise that their team is the top seed for the doubles.
Close behind in second seed is the pair John Peers and Michael Venus, who are from Australia and New Zealand respectively. Representing Oceania, these two players are going to give some very strong competition to the Pavic and Marach duo. Like Pavic, Peers is a specialist in doubles tournaments. Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan are close behind in third seed, as McLachlan is also an excellent doubles player. Rohan Bopanna and Franko Skugor deserve an honourable mention as the fourth seeds.
Players to Watch Out for in Doubles & Singles
- Marin Cilic: The Croatian clay court wizard is one of the players to watch out for in the 2021 edition of the Geneva Open. He is set to participate in singles and doubles, and it is very possible that he and his Kazakh partner Andrey Golubev will dominate the 2021 doubles tournament.
- Dominic Stricker: 18-year-old Swiss player Dominic Stricker is also going to be one of the players to watch out for in the doubles tournament. Stricker is competing along with Swiss teammate Marc-Andrea Husler and they are expected to do well.
- Ben McLachlan: The Japanese-Kiwi doubles specialist Ben McLachlan is also one of the main threats to watch out for in the doubles tournament as he managed to defeat Kubot and Melo to reach the finals of the 2018 Australian Open tournament.
That's the rundown of all the stand-out players expected to play at the Geneva Open, and the 2021 tournament is looking to be a riveting watch. Although Federer and the dynamic duo of Pavic and Marach are the favourites to win, it wouldn't be the first time we've seen the favourite lose. All that's left is to tune in to see what happens.