As a Premium Partner of the Deutsche Tennis Bund (DTB – German Tennis Association), Porsche has been supporting the country’s best up-and-coming women players within the Porsche Talent Team Germany set-up since 2012. The team members this season are Jule Niemeier, Katharina Gerlach, Lena Rüffer, Antonia Lottner, Anna Gabric and Katharina Hobgarski.
Traditionally team spirit has played a major role at Porsche. This refers to the development and production of high-class automobiles as well as to the innumerable victories at the most famous car races in the world - and now also in tennis. "For us it is important that the German players are also successful as a team," says Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. As Porsche is also keenly interested in the development of junior tennis players, the company has transferred its successful promotion of young talents from motorsport to tennis and is supporting hopeful young female players in the Porsche Talent Team Germany. Above all, the aim of the support is to make the talents' environment more professional by developing individual assist in training and tournaments.
The Porsche Talent Team was also a success story right from the start: Annika Beck won the junior title at the French Open in 2012 and also made the ascent to the Porsche Team Germany, followed by Carina Witthöft and Anna-Lena Friedsam. For Porsche, the support of the best young female players is the most promising way to establish German women's tennis in the long term in the world class. Oliver Blume: "Many young talents in clubs have much more fun playing tennis if there are role models to emulate. We want to contribute to ensuring that these role models continue to exist in the future. "