What is the Geneva Open in tennis?

The Geneva Open is a professional clay court tournament on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) circuit that governs men’s professional tennis globally. It is playing during the European clay court season and was first played in 1980. In its inaugural edition Balazs Taroczy won the both singles and doubles event, a record which still stands as of 2024.

The Geneva Open is played as one of the build-up events leading to Roland Garros, the second slam of the season and the only slam played on clay courts. Geneva Open’s first stint lasted till 1991. It returned as a part of the men’s professional circuit in 2015. The tournament is now a part of the ATP 250 series of tennis tournaments.

The event features a men’s singles and doubles tournaments. The draw size of for singles and doubles is 32 and 16 respectively, with four spots reserved for qualifiers in singles. The qualifiers are chosen based on the performance of players in the qualifying draw that is played in the knockout format before the main draw matches begin. Additionally, the eight highest ranked players in the main draw are seeded. Furthermore, three players can get a wildcard entry in the main draw.

Every match is played in the best of three sets tournament. The matches follow the conventional scoring system wherein the deciding set features a first to seven points tiebreak at six games apiece. In doubles, if a match goes to the decider, then set is played as a tiebreaker where the pair who reaches ten points first with a difference of two is the winner.

The winners of the respectively singles and doubles events get 250 points. The finalist in singles and doubles get 165 and 150 points respectively. As of 2024, a prize money worth €562,815 is up for grabs for the players. The winner of the singles event gets €88,125 whereas the doubles champions get €30,610.

In 2024, Casper Ruud officially became the most successful singles player of the tournament when he won his third title at the event. Croatia’s Mate Pavic is the most successful doubles player, having won the title four times with three different partners.

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