July 25 – August 2, 2015
The quirky ATP tennis tournament known as ‘Wimbledon of the Alps’ celebrates its 100th anniversary with a packed side programme of events, including a ‘legends’ exhibition match on Sunday July 26 and the transformation of the entire village to a state of 1915 chic. Recent years have seen home favourites Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer among the top-ranked players to participate, with Federer famously gifted hulking dairy cows (named Juliette and Desirée, since you asked) on his visits in 2003 and 2013.
Regular features of the event, which prides itself on a friendly, convivial atmosphere amidst the rolling splendour of the Saanenland, include mini-tennis for the kids, a sponsors’ shopping village and first-class catering. If you want to brush up your game, tennis legend Roy Emerson still runs week-long summer camps every year at the nearby Palace hotel, on whose courts the first tournament was played a century ago.
Cost: match tickets from CHF 51 per day (www.ticketcorner.ch)
By Mike Philips
And for a taste of playing tennis in Gstaad also check out Roy Emerson tennis weeks.