I like to walk around small villages where life is still normal. Small places where people drive tractors, and there’s one baker, one church. People in these places are not multitasking. They spend their days normally. Someone shows up and wants to know, “Hey, what brought you here?” He is very friendly so you can always talk to people.
Tell us about some Swiss tennis clubs where visitors can eat and play tennis.
The life of a tennis club in Switzerland is important. This is how I grew up. There are many picturesque places in Switzerland where you can play tennis. Geneva Tennis Club, where Geneva Open the tournament being played is very nice. Eaux-Vives Tennis Club from Geneva is also very nice. The clubs in Basel, where I played growing up in the Interclub competition, are pretty nice.
When I was growing up, there was a boom in the construction of tennis clubs, so every other village has its own club. We have to protect this tennis culture that we have. Restaurants in tennis clubs are very important. Many clubs I have played in have really good chefs, really good service and very high quality. People spent a lot of time in clubs, so the food has to be good, and usually at a good price.
When you return to Switzerland from abroad, what Swiss dishes or desserts do you crave? And if that includes chocolate, are you more of a guy with milk chocolate or with dark chocolate?
I mean, chocolate, hello, you have to love chocolate if you’re Swiss. I used to be white, then I was milk, and now I even like to darken. I like everything. Then I like it Graubünden walnut, which is like a nut cake from the Graubünden region. That’s beautiful. And then, of course, there is roast, a dish of potato fritters. We have a dish called Zürcher Geschnetzeltes that is like minced meat with mushroom sauce,, and I like to eat cordon bleu – and that’s beautiful.
Play the role of travel agent for us. Where should we go if we have a week or two in your country?
Fly to Zurich or Geneva and depart from there. In the summer, I think you would like to visit Lucerne i Interlaken and maybe visit Jungfrau, Basel, Zurich, Bern, the capital – its inner city is also really beautiful. We also have amazing museums in Switzerland. The Beyeler Foundation the art museum is great. I grew up visiting Tinguely Museum, which is very interesting.
There is in Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport, which is still my favorite place to take my kids. It is a beautiful place where you can see old trams, trains, planes, cars, bicycles.