Fognini in May in Geneva !

Fognini in May in Geneva !

The Banque Eric Sturdza holds its first headliner.

The 2019 edition of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open holds its first headliner! Number 13 in the ATP world Tour Rankings and semi-finalist in Geneva in 2018, Fabio Fognini will join the party from the 18th until the 25th of May 2019.

The Italian player will once again set foot on the beautiful clay of the Parc des Eaux Vives with the strong intention to add his name to the winners list. Fabio Fognini has lived a remarkable year with three titles conquered in Sao Paulo, Bastad and Los Cabos. He is one of the most admired player of the tour. Thanks to its wonderful skills.

The San Remo born is the first top player to announce his presence for the 2019 edition of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, the only ATP tournament organised in western Switzerland. For its fifth edition, it’s already said that the player’s entry list will be of the highest quality.

Thanks to an unique set up and to the quality of its infrastructure, making it possible to hold four “night Sessions” throughout the week, it has become one of the key tournaments in the “clay season”.  We will also note that four of the players attending the Masters in London in 2018- Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and john Isner- have been around in Geneva these past years. In addition, the tournament is one a the few ATP 250 tournament to have ever held a final between two grand slams winners in 2016, when Stan Wawrinka won his first ever title on swiss ground against Marin Cilic.

The 2018 edition won by the hungarian Marton Fucsovics (first ever career title), has attracted 24’000 people over the week. Stan Wawrinka, winner in 2016 and 2017, Steve Johnson or more Frances Tiafoe, Marton Fucsovics and Fabio Fognini have made it once again a very intense and competitive edition.

The tournament Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open benefited from 913 hours of live television broadcasted in 101 countries worldwide. Broadcasters such as SSR, Eurosport and IEC (Lagardère Sports) have seen their audience rise by 25 % on the European market.

In 2019, the organising Committee will make improvements to once and for all set the tournament in Geneva’s sporting landscape. By it’s various offers, bread by an attractive fare policy and by the quality of its VIP Hospitality, the “Chateau VIP”, in which a Star Chef will practice his art, it intends to participate in the radiance of the town and the canton.

Ticketing is already open at FNAC and Ticket Corner’s desks.

Marton Fucsovics thirty-eight years after Balazs Taroczy

Marton Fucsovics thirty-eight years after Balazs Taroczy

The Hungarian flag flies again on the Parc des Eaux-Vives. Thirty-eight years after the success of Balazs Taroczy during the first edition of the Martini Open, a Magyar player has, again, scooped the prize. Marton Fucsovics picked up the first title of his career with a 6-2 6-2 win over Peter Gojowczyk in the final of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open tournament.

Marton Fucsovics, the sixtieth player in the world, took the final by storm against an opponent who unfortunately did not play in the same league as he had against Ivo Karlovic, David Ferrer, Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini. Too inconsistent, the German didn’t bring the comeback that was expected. But his week in Geneva, on a surface that is not his favourite, will undoubtedly remain one of the most outstanding of his career.

Stan Wawrinka’s ruthless “executioner” on Thursday night, Marton Fucosvics didn’t steal anything. The Hungarian made a very strong champion with this flat game that delighted purists. Junior Wimbledon Champion in 2010, Marton Fucsovics may have been provoking with this title at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open tournament the momentum he had hoped for many years. The 250 ATP points that reward his success will allow him to move from 60th place in the ATP ranking to approximately 45th. A rank that ensures that he now competes in all Masters 1000 tournaments. To finally play in the big leagues of sorts.

The doubles final went to Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. Seeded No. 1 in the draw, the Austrian and Croatian won 3-6 7-6(3) 11-9 against Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram (No. 2). Marach-Pavic have won a fifth title in Geneva since their partnership began in March 2017 in Miami. The most impressive was of course the Australian Open crown last January

A surprising final!

A surprising final!

It may not be a dream final this Saturday afternoon, but it’s a final that has promise! Underdogs Peter Gojowczyk and Marton Fucsovics fought their way to the final of the fourth edition of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open tournament.

Under the blazing sun, spectators witnessed a beautiful victory of the German Peter Gojowczyk in the early afternoon, against the No. 2 seed Fabio Fognini. The Italian who seemed to get hit in the calf, did not manage to reach the final, even though he could nearly touch it. Peter Gojowczyk, 49th in the world, will face another outsider tomorrow in the form of Marton Fucsovics. The 26-year-old Hungarian defeated American Steve Johnson in three sets (2-6 6-4 6-1). The latter, however, had all the cards in hand to finally reach the final of the Geneva tournament that he has been coveting for three years now. The Californian led 6-2 3-0 before Marton Fucsovics completely reversed the situation and won ten of the next eleven games. The Hungarian, ranked 60th at the ATP, is now making his way up to the final of a tournament for the first time in his career.

A bad day for Steve Johnson
The American had two opportunities to reach a final of the Eric Sturdza Bank Geneva Open tournament. Just out of Central where he had just lost to Marton Fucsovics, Steve Johnson joined Court No. 1 where he met his compatriot Sam Querrey to face the No. 2 seeds of the tournament, Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram. After losing the tie-break of the first set, the Yankee duo didn’t know how to find the way back in. This was also true at Central where world No. 2 Mate Pavic and Oliver Marach beat Robert Lindstedt and Andrei Vasilevski. A dream final between the two big favourites in this doubles draw!

Marton’s shot!

Marton’s shot!

Stan Wawrinka will not defend his Eric Sturdza Bank Geneva Open title on Saturday. He was subjected to the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics’ ruling tonight and failed to find a way to get his head out of the water.

If the sun was back at Parc des Eaux-Vives on the penultimate day of the tournament, it unfortunately did not smile at the Swiss. In the afternoon, it was first of all the 100% Genevois duo who lost to Robert Lindstedt and Andrei Vasilevski (7-6(5) 3-6 12-10). Despite a great battle – the young Swiss talents didn’t budge an inch! –, the experience of their opponents made the distinction. Emotions ran high however, as Antoine Bellier and Johan Nikles proved that they had nothing to be ashamed of against some of the best doubles teams in the world, losing only to a super tie-break even after having a match point in their favour.

After a very good performance late Wednesday night, Stan Wawrinka failed to repeat the feat. The Vaudois was sadly a tone below, the blame belonging above all to his opponent, Marton Fucsovics, who gave almost no points, and perhaps also to a still impaired physical condition. Or perhaps even the doubts in the head of the double champion of the Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open after his long absence from the courts.

Stan Wawrinka is not the only seeded player in the tournament who has been knocked out. Earlier this morning, Sam Querrey (No. 1) left Central with his head bowed after losing to Argentina’s Guido Pella. Only Steve Johnson (N°6), who scored a remarkable feat today, winning both matches (and avenging his buddy Sam Querrey!), and Fabio Fognini (N°2) are still in the race for the title. But the door to the final also remains wide open for the outsiders Peter Gojowczyk (ATP 49) and Marton Fucsovics (ATP 60).

103 days waiting

103 days waiting

A mighty Stan Wawrinka and a fully concentrated Fabio Fognini: started under the rain, Wednesday’s Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open tournament ended in climax with the qualification for the quarter-finals of the two top seeds.

Fabio Fognini won 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-2 against Noah Rubin. The Italian was able to make a perfect recovery after losing the first set. With this determination, he made it clear that he had come to Geneva with the sole aim of winning the tournament. Therefore, he intends to take another step towards this pursuit this Thursday against Tennys Sandgren.

Stan Wawrinka entered the court at 9:14 p.m. and was able to swiftly find his way back to victory after a long wait of 103 days. This 6-3 6-4 win over Jared Donaldson is the ninth in a row that the double defending champion has picked up on the Eaux-Vives soil. We are hoping for the tenth this Thursday against Marton Fucsovics. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played two games in a row,” said Stan Wawrinka. We’ll see how I handle this second game in less than 24 hours.”