Andy has a bit of a history with this tournament which is an ATP 500 played at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel and which this year runs from 24 - 30 October.
In 2005 he defeated Tim Henman 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-4) in round 1 here, then went on to beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 before losing 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 to Fernando Gonzalez, but in 2011 he pulled out of the tournament, for which he'd requested a wild card, because of a mysterious right gluteal muscle strain, withdrawing shortly before his first round match against Robin Haase was due to start, afterwards claiming that "I don't know how I did it or what it came from. I've never had anything like this before". The following year, having just lost to Djokovic in the final of the Shanghai Masters in three sets despite having five match points at 5-4 in the second, he pulled out again two days before it was due to start citing a back problem and saying that he wanted to rest before finishing the season, something which caused the director Roger Brennwald, who created the tournament in 1970, to comment "There is a fine line between good luck and bad luck". This will be the first time he's arranged to play here since then, although no tournament took place in 2020 and 2021 because of covid.
The player field has five top 20 players - Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Marin Cilic and Pablo Carreno Busta.
The other British interest is Jack Draper who, as 1st alternate, gained entry to the main draw this week after Nick Kyrgios pulled out.
All matches will be shown on Amazon Prime.
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