Swiss benefit from Gstaad wildcards

Sampras conqueror George Bastl is now aiming for success in Gstaad Keystone

The organisers of next week's Gstaad tennis tournament have decided to award all three wildcard entries to Swiss players.

This content was published on July 4, 2002 - 17:19

Having already given one wildcard to Geneva veteran Marc Rosset (ATP 115), the organisers on Thursday confirmed wildcard places for George Bastl (ATP 145) and Ivo Heuberger (ATP 122).

At least five homegrown players will now be in action, with Swiss stars Roger Federer (ATP 9) and Michel Kratochvil (ATP 45) already guaranteed places in the main draw on account of their world ranking positions.

Federer seeded third

Federer, who won the Gstaad doubles competition last year, will be seeded third as he goes in search of his first professional singles title on home soil.

The Swiss number one will also be hoping to bounce back from his first round exit at Wimbledon, although Gstaad may not be the likeliest place to find consolation - Federer has never managed to reach the second round at the Swiss tournament.

Wimbledon heroes

Kratochvil and Bastl are likely to attract healthy crowds to the Bernese Oberland, following their impressive performances at Wimbledon.

In the opening week of the Grand Slam event, Bastl reached the third round with a stunning win over seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras.

Kratochvil went even further and was only denied a place in the quarter-finals after a tight five-set defeat to English favourite Tim Henman.

Ahead of Federer in the Gstaad seedings are the Spanish French Open champion Albert Costa (ATP 7) and his compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero (ATP 8). Last year's Gstaad winner Jiri Novak is seeded fourth.

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