Beware the wild card, George Bastl! at the Geneva Open this week.

Sports: Week of October 29, 2012

Beware the wild card, George Bastl at the Geneva Open this week.

This Week: Pop-down to the local Squash Club for a curry, or check out Ice hockey, Football and Tennis!

Squash: The Geneva Squash Club in Chambésy is hosting a couple of Open Days, so don’t miss out if you’d like to give squash a try!

November 1, 6-9pm. There will be a curry competition, with 7 chefs, at 7.30pm, 15CHF, reservations required. 022.758.2207 or geneva-squash@bluewin.ch. You can also visit them on November 3, 11am-3pm. www.geneva-squash.com

Tennis: October 27-November 4.

Several players from the leading 100 players on the ATP Tour will be in action at this indoor event. Geneva Open ATP Tennis, Sports Centre Queue d’Arve. www.genevaopen.ch. Some of the familiar names include the Slovakian, Karol Beck, the Swiss, Marco Chiudinelli and Olivier Rochus, the Belgian.

Additional text below supplied by Simon from www.tennisessence.com;

“On Saturday I went to see the first day’s action and it was certainly a world away from the tennis we are used to seeing on TV where we see packed crowds cheering on millionaire superstar players. Despite entry being free the venue was almost empty with about as many tennis players/coaches as fans on the wooden benches.

One of the main attractions of the day’s action was “the beard to be feared”, George Bastl, who is a bit of an oddity in the tennis world. The 37 year-old Swiss player, who caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history by beating Pete Sampras at Wimbledon back in 2002, has simply refused to retire. He is no longer good enough to have a world ranking but, partly due to his bizarre image, he sometimes gets given wildcards into Challenger tournaments. Yesterday was one such occasion.

Yesterday he took on Jonathan Eysseric, a talented 22 year-old French guy ranked 331. Bastl put up a better fight than I had expected. After a while the match slipped away from him as he hit more and more unforced errors and got more and more angry about what he thought were bad calls from the officials. The match was closer than the 6-3 6-2 scoreline suggested.

Geneva Open Tennis this week

As the tournament continues expect more and more fans to come to the venue and create a buzzing atmosphere, where fans really get behind local Swiss players. Last year I watched Geneva’s number 1 Stephane Bohli beating a higher ranked player in the quarter finals and it was certainly worth the 10 CHF entry fee.

The qualifying is now over, but entry is still free today for the first round, as it will be tomorrow. From Wednesday to Friday entry will be 10CHF per person, while at the weekend for the semi-finals and final the price is 20CHF.

I will certainly be going back there again later this week and will be particularly interested to see the talented Czech player Lukas Rosol in action. Rosol, who beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon this year is a really powerful and exciting player to watching him close up could inspire many young stars of the future!”

Check out the tournament website www.genevaopen.ch for up to date info on the tournament.

Ice Hockey: November 3, GSHC v Bern 7.45pm Vernets, www.gshc.ch. The Eagles try to extend their lead at the top at home against mid-table Bern!

The Eagles are in action this week – it’s a great atmosphere in Vernets!

Football: October 28, Geneva Servette had a fabulous win against Zurich Grasshoppers, 2-0 at the Stade de Geneve. Next up its an away match against Lucerne on November 4, 1.45pm.

Date for the Diary:
Cycling: November 11, 1ere manche de l’Omnium Genevois,
Centre Sportif de la Queue -d’Arve
Armchair Sport Fans:
Formula 1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, November 2-4.
Vettel battles it out with Alonso for the lead of the driver’s Championship.
Date for the Diary:
Mark November 6 in your diary for crucial matches in the Champions League!
  • Man City v Ajax at 8.45pm
  • Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund at 8.45pm
  • Schalke 04 v Arsenal at 8.45pm

About the Author

Originally from the UK, I have a legal background. I have been in the Geneva area since 2005 and love the mountains, the lake and the quality of life here. The Winter snow sports are fantastic and the Summer season is full of festivals, outdoor sports, picnics and barbecues. I have met some great people here from all of the world. Geneva is a cosmopolitan city with lots of cultural events and good restaurants and bars and I hope that through Biskotti I can share a few hidden places I have discovered…


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