Patty Schnyder grew up in Bottmingen in the canton of Basel-Country in Switzerland. It started early with tennis and also participated in a rehabilitation program for tennis talent. From 1994 to 2011 she played on the WTA tour.
In the early years of their professional time Schnyder already reached number 11 in the world rankings with her then- coach Eric van Harpen. In 1998, she dropped back to 37. In her last years as a professional, she was cared for by her husband Rainer Hofmann.
2004 moved Schnyder in the Australian Open semi-finals. She reached in November 2005 with Rank 7 their highest world ranking position. In the following years she came at Grand Slam tournaments no longer have the quarter -finals.
After the first round defeat against Kateryna Bondarenko at the French Open in 2009 declared Schnyder that they would resign in the spring of 2010 at the latest. She continued her career but, reaching on 11 July 2010 at the WTA tournament in Budapest in October 2010 at the WTA tournament in Linz respectively the final. After leaving in the first round at the French Open 2011, she then gave their final resignation.