“From Stuttgart with Love”
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the 43rd Porsche Tennis Grand Prix can unfortunately not take place as planned in the Porsche Arena from 18 to 26 April. Therefore, this week we will remember the events and persons belonging to the history of the long-established tournament.
Sad confirmation came on 16 March 2020 – the 43rd Porsche Tennis Grand Prix scheduled for Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena from 18 to 26 April had to be reluctantly cancelled due to the corona crisis.
The first German titleholder was Anke Huber, the Operating Tournament Director since 2002. “The win is something I had dreamt of, but I never thought it would actually happen,” said Huber who had to decide between 70,000 dollars prize money or a brand-new Porsche for the tournament win. Huber chose the Porsche even though she was not allowed to drive at the time.
2006 marked the year of the move from Filderstadt to Stuttgart and the Porsche Arena. Since then, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has been voted as the tournament of the year in its category on ten occasions. Since 2009, it has been played on clay as a warm-up tournament for the French Open.
Julia Görges sensationally won the title in 2011 – as well as a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. “I walked past the car every day on my way to practising. But I never imagined actually driving it,” said a beaming Görges.
Porsche in Tennis
Porsche has been sponsoring the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix ever since 1978 and has also been the organiser since 2002. Within the scope of its global partnership with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Porsche is also the title partner of the “Porsche Race to Shenzhen”, the official qualifying ranking for the Shiseido WTA Finals. As a premium partner of the “Deutsche Tennis Bund” (DTB – German Tennis Association), the company supports Porsche Team Germany in the Fed Cup and fosters up-and-coming players in the Porsche Talent Team and the Porsche Junior Team.
Apr 20, 2020 at 13:08