Cheering the players on, being a part of the action and having a go oneself – the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix also offers lots of opportunities for active spectators to get involved. Below is an overview of the supporting programme of events.
Saturday, 22 April and Sunday, 23 April - Kids’ Day
The little ones centre stage: at the start of the anniversary tournament – the youngsters can hit tennis balls and show their sporting prowess. On Kids’ Day, a variety of activities give children the chance to try their hands themselves – for example the Rado service speed measurement device enables kids to simultaneously try out their serve and measure their respective speeds. Children up to the age of 12 can practice free of charge as they have complimentary admission on Kids’ Day.
Monday, 24 April - Celebration Night
Not only sports fans will get their money’s worth – at the 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix there’s also lots on offer for lovers of the arts, music and dance. The Stuttgart Ballet will fascinate spectators with a Pas de Deux, the “Rockin Angels” rhythmic gymnastics show formation will dance a group choreography and jugglers will amaze the audience.
Live music will be served up by a pop singer, two pianists and even a drum dancer. Also gracing the Celebration Night will be the special guests, Tracy Austin, the former tennis wunderkind, racing driver Mark Webber and last year’s winner Angelique Kerber.
Tuesday, 25 April - Friends’ Day
Cheers! The anniversary has to celebrated in the appropriate fashion and a glass of sparkling wine is naturally a must. On Friends’ Day, every visitor to the tournament will be given a free glass of Geldermann sparkling wine so that they can raise their glasses to the 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. But it is not the only reason to look forward to the day – every guest will also receive a book of vouchers. Upon presentation of the vouchers, there are small presents and discounts in the Sport & Lifestyle Village.
Wednesday, 26 April - Family Day
The chance to toss the coin on Centre Court – the dream can be fulfilled on Family Day for children with the quickest serve. A visit to the tournament on Family Day is well worthwhile for families also because there are lot of activities on the programme like face painting and games where children can show their sills.
There’s also the “Aces for Charity” campaign every day. For every ace hit, Porsche will donate 200 euro to the Agapedia Children’s Home in Esslingen and the Hamburg-based Plan International Deutschland children’s aid organisation.
Thursday, 27 April - Fitness Day
To be as fit as the pros. That the players are all in great shape is something they prove over and over again on the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix match courts. But what about the fitness of the visitors? On Fitness Day, all the guests can put their personal (top) fitness to the test trying out the various fitness and health spa activities.
Friday, 28 April - Quarterfinal day
Who is getting closer to fulfilling her dream of a place in the final? In today’s quarterfinals, the eight remaining players will do battle for a semi-final berth. And it’s time for the little ones to step into the limelight: at the Porsche Mini Tennis Grand Prix – presented by the SÜDWESTBANK – girls and boys under the age of eight will compete against each other over the next three days. Just like at the big Grand Slam tournaments, they will play on three different surfaces.
Subject to change.