In 2012, Porsche intensified its commitment to German women’s tennis by forming Porsche Team Germany. Success was not long in coming: after a 22-year gap, the German national team – led by Angelique Kerber – once again reached the Fed Cup (today Billie Jean King Cup) final in 2014.
As a Premium Partner of the Deutscher Tennis Bund (DTB – German Tennis Association), Porsche not only supports Porsche Team Germany but is also committed to developing young players through the Porsche Talent Team. Since the beginning of the close collaboration between Porsche and the DTB, German women’s tennis has been able to enjoy major successes, especially Porsche Brand Ambassador Angelique Kerber. In 2016, she sparked renewed interest in tennis in Germany when celebrating her first Grand Slam win at the Australian Open and then, after successfully defending her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, going on to claim the US Open. In 2018, she fulfilled her dream by becoming the Wimbledon champion. From 2017 to 2019, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Champion Julia Görges won five tournaments including the WTA Elite Trophy, before ending her career in 2020. The new dynamism in German women’s tennis is also noticeable in the world rankings: after the 2018 Australian Open, two German players – Angelique Kerber and Julia Görges – were ranked in the world Top 10 for the first time since Steffi Graf and Anke Huber.
“We’re proud of the successes of our brand ambassadors and it always gives us great pleasure when top German players are successful as a team,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Playing tennis for the many young talented players in the clubs is far more fun when they have role models they can emulate. We want to play a part in ensuring there will continue to be such role models in the future.”
Captained by Rainer Schüttler, the team for the 2021 season is made up of Angelique Kerber, Laura Siegemund, Andrea Petkovic, Tatjana Maria, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Antonia Lottner, Mona Barthel, Jule Niemeier and Nastasja Schunk.