Porsche has been the Premium Partner of the Deutsche Tennis Bund (DTB – German Tennis Association) and the sponsor of Porsche Team Germany. This season, Mona Barthel, Annika Beck, Julia Görges, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, Andrea Petkovic and Carina Witthöft all belong to the team captained by national coach Barbara Rittner.
Women’s tennis in Germany has enjoyed a new dynamism ever since Porsche started its commitment. In 2014 Porsche Team Germany, spearheaded by Porsche Brand Ambassador Angelique Kerber, reached the Fed Cup final for the first time in 22 years. Porsche Team Germany players also won five WTA tournaments in 2015: Angelique Kerber won in Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham and Stanford, Annika Beck was successful in Quebec. The successes were added to at the start of the 2016 season at the Australian Open by Angelique Kerber’s magnificent first ever Grand Slam win.
The cooperation between the DTB and Porsche, which also includes the support given to hopeful up-and-coming players in the Porsche Talent Team Germany, has resulted in German women’s tennis reaching a new level. “We want German players to also be successful as a team,” said Dr Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. Also close to Porsche’s heart is the development of Germany’s junior players. The success of the top players will also rub off onto the many talented youngsters. “Playing tennis is far more fun for youngsters when they have role models. We want to play our part in making sure there are such role models in the future too,” continued Dr Oliver Blume.