"I was blown away by the beautiful Parc des Eaux-Vives", said Ion Tiriac. For him, there was no doubt. The Tennis Club Geneva offers the best facilities for the organization of a tennis tournament.
This club, overlooking one of the most beautiful parks in the city, just a few steps from the harbour, will soon celebrate its 120th anniversary. A club that the best players in the world have discovered with the same delight as Ion Tiriac.
Between 1980 and 1991, the Geneva tournament was called Martini Open until 1986, and then the Barclay Open. Three former world no.1 players were crowned champions: Björn Borg in 1981, Mats Wilander in 1982 and 1983, and Thomas Muster in 1991. These twelve editions of the first "life" of the Geneva tennis event was also lucky for two Swiss players: Claudio Mezzadri in 1987 and Marc Rosset in 1989. Aged 18, the child of Champel ranked no.157th in the world, eliminated players like Guy Forget en-route to his victorious final against Argentina's Guillermo Perez-Roldan.
"The club's history is closely linked to high-level tennis“, explained the TC Geneva President, Alain Tripod. "It is the memories of the highlights of Martini Open and Barclay Open which prompted us to welcome the Geneva Open tournament to the ATP circuit," he added. "Geneva has all the conditions and facilities to become one of the best tournaments of the year. All players were struck by the beauty of the surroundings, including the top-seeded Stan Wawrinka.”