July 14th – 22nd, 2018
Welcome to one of Switzerland’s most traditional tennis tournaments
In 2016, the Ladies Championship tournament, which is part of the WTA tennis tour, returned to Gstaad. After it had hosted the event for 66 years in the past, Gstaad has now once again stepped into the spotlight of the world-famous sport.
“The girls are back in the Alps” is the slogan that can be heard in the Bernese Oberland every summer. For one week in July, some of the world’s top female tennis players compete in the Ladies Championship Gstaad tournament for prize money of $200,000. In the past, stars such as Margaret Smith Court, who still holds the record of Grand Slam titles, used to battle against each other on the clay court. In 1983, the WTA held the tournament for the last time in Gstaad. By then, 5 Swiss tennis players had won the tournament: Edith Sutz 1940 and 1944, Steffi Chapuis 1942 and 1945, Pierette Dubois 1943, Violette Alvensleben-Rigollet 1954 and Petra Delhees 1979. In the end, the tournament grew too large and resources were unavailable. It is therefore all the more exciting that this tradition has returned to the Roy Emerson Arena since 2016. For two weeks, spectators are treated to the finest Ladies tennis. After the Ladies Championship Gstaad in the first week, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad takes to the court in the second week.
Plenty of action off the court
The tournament village located around the Roy Emerson Arena is also a highlight for tennis fans. The restaurants and bars offer culinary delights and drinks, sponsors supply visitors with the latest products and folk music groups provide entertainment. Another highlight is the signing sessions with the tennis stars which frequently take place.ladieschampionshipgstaad.ch