Julia Görges says a quiet goodbye to tennis
“Dear tennis, I am writing to you because I am ready to say ‘Goodbye’.” It is how Julia Görges’ letter to her sport starts. The quiet departure matches not only in these difficult times in which many things are more important than tennis. It also matches Julia Görges, one of the world’s top tennis players who had to suffer many setbacks during the course of her career.
Sensational win at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
One of the most important stopovers en route to the tennis elite was her sensational win at the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. “It was my first big win and basically the start of my career,” she says. “Over and over again afterwards when returning to Stuttgart, big emotions were awakened by the pictures in my head.” Her success in the Porsche Arena was simultaneously the start of a quite special bond with Porsche: “Ever since the memorable win, Porsche has taken up a really special place in my heart.”
She won her first ITF tournament in Wahlstedt in 2006. She won her first WTA title in Bad Gastein in 2010.
Queen of the aces
In the years after her win at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she regularly suffered injury setbacks. She replaced her whole coaching and support team, moved to Regensburg and returned, with renewed self-confidence, to her winning ways.
By winning the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, she qualified at the last minute for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. The “Queen of the Aces” was given the Fed Cup Heart Award by the ITF, the sport’s governing body, for her excellent display for Porsche Team Germany in the Fed Cup against Ukraine in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena.
Breaks into the Top 10
In 2018, she continued her winning run by claiming the WTA tournament in Auckland at the start of the season. The belated reward for the fantastic comeback came in February when the newly announced Porsche Brand Ambassador was ranked in the WTA’s Top 10 for the first time in her career. In the hard-fought match against Serena Williams, she says, “I felt it was where I belonged and the only thing I lack for the win is the experience.” In the 2019 season, she started off with a second tournament success in Auckland, her seventh career WTA win. However, the big dream of a Grand Slam win went unfulfilled.
“I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye,” she writes in her letter to the sport that has given her so much.
Exemplary on and off court
“With her friendly demeanor, dynamism and her fighting spirit, Julia Görges enhanced the world of tennis for many years,” says Dr. Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President Communications, Sustainability and Politics of Porsche AG.
Oct 25, 2020 at 03:39