The ATP tournament in Basel (official Swiss Indoors ) is a tennis tournament of the ATP World Tour 500 category The tournament takes place every year in late autumn in Munich stone in Basel. It is the biggest sporting event in Switzerland and the third largest indoor tournament in the world.
For the first time the event was held in 1970 in a purpose-built air-supported structure. The winner received a watch as a prize. Only in 1975 moved the event into the newly built St. Jakob Halle. 1977 won the tournament abruptly in popularity for spectators and players, when it became possible to undertake the then world-class player Björn Borg. The trade company Oettinger Davidoff Group has been since 1994 with the brand Davidoff title sponsor of the tournament - the title sponsorship of tobacco advertising but will not be continued after 17 years, as this led to severe restrictions as tobacco advertising may be subject to various restrictions.
Since 2009, the tournament in the category of ATP World Tour part 500 The prize money was being doubled from 850,000 to over 1.7 million euros, moved the deadline of October to early November. In May 2012, it was announced that the ATP tournament in Basel has extended its status as ATP 500 tournament until 2016. Here, the tournament prize money has been increased by about ten percent to 1.935 million euros, adjusted for inflation. With a budget of CHF 14 million, it is the largest regular sporting event in Switzerland. The tournament provides the players in addition to the prize money the last chance to qualify for participation in the ATP World Tour Finals.
Roger Federer could have been home tournament three times in a row and win a total of five times. He is the most successful player in Basel.