April 22, 2024

The last piece in the Swiss success puzzle

The last piece in the Swiss success puzzle

In the past thirty years, Switzerland has blossomed into a superpower in tennis. Whether it’s a Grand Slam title, Davis Cup, Olympic victories – players from Switzerland won it all, on Sunday as the last piece of the puzzle also the Billie Jean King Cup, the former FA Cup.


Grand Slam: Hingis, Federer and Wawrinka

The Swiss have won the title in tennis 28 times in singles. Rot-Weiss has been the most successful at the Australian Open (Roger Federer six times, Martina Hingis three times, Stan Wawrinka once), followed by Wimbledon (Federer eight times, Hingis once) and the US Open (Federer five times, Wawrinka once). Hingis, once. At the French Open, Federer and Wawrinka “only” won once each.

Incredible: Swiss tennis athletes have also won every major tournament at least four times in doubles. In addition to 13 titles held by Hingis with various partners, Heinz Gunthardt (with Hungarian Balaz Taruzzi) also won Paris in 1981 and Wimbledon in 1985, as well as Jacob Hlasek and Marc Rosset at Roland Garros in 1992.

Master titles: Federer and Hingis

In the men’s and women’s year-end tournaments, the Swiss has swung a total of eight times, Federer six times in the ATP Finals and Hingis twice in the WTA Finals.

Olympic champions: Rossi and Federer / Wawrinka

Marc Rosset became the second Olympic singles champion in Barcelona in 1992. Belinda Bencic did the same in Tokyo last year. In 2012, Federer also won the silver medal at Wimbledon. In doubles, Federer and Wawrinka, as “Wedrinka” goes into the history books, secured Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008. There was also silver for Timea Bacsinszky/Hingis 2016 in Rio and Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 2021 in Tokyo.

Davis Cup: 2014 at Lille

The Davis Cup, the 122-year-old’s trophy for the best men’s team in the world, seemed elusive even to Federer for years – until Wawrinka went from very good player to champion. In 2014, the two – backed on their way to the final by Marco Chiodinelli and Michael Lammer – won the final against France in front of more than 27,000 spectators at the football stadium in Lille. Switzerland previously lost the final in the United States in 1992 with Hlacic and Rosset.

Billie Jean Cup: Glasgow 2022

In 1998, when the women’s team competition was still called the Fed Cup, Hingis and Patty Schneider lost a dramatic final at the Palexpo Hall in Geneva against Spain with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez. After 23 years, meanwhile, in the Billie Jean King Cup, the Swiss failed in Prague in the final against Russia. Only this year he finally succeeded in claiming his first victory in Glasgow. Bencic, Jill Tishman and Golubek won all singles.

Hopman Cup: Malieva, Halasek, Hingis, Federer, Bencic

Switzerland has won the most important mixed competition, the Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia, four times. In 1992 by the duo Manuela Maleva / Helsik, in 2001 by Hingis and then teenager Federer and in 2018 and 2019 by Federer and Bencic. After that, he no longer entered the Hopman Cup. The United Cup will be available as a new hybrid competition from next January. Switzerland must also be considered there.