Stuttgart. An exciting tournament that, with a total attendance of 37,200, was sold out almost every day, that set standards with the top class tennis and the optimised light and sound effects and that, with a German player in the final, has a dream final – the 2015 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was an emotional and innovative tournament. Hans-Gerd Bode, Head of Communication Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Laura Ceccarelli, WTA Tour Supervisor, Tournament Director Markus Günthardt and the Operating Tournament Director Anke Huber were all positive when reviewing the 38th edition of the long-established Stuttgart tournament. Talking at the Closing Press Conference, they spoke about . . .
....the 2015 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2015:
Hans-Gerd Bode: “For Porsche AG, this tournament is one of the year’s major highlights. The spectators were again able to watch very good and very exciting matches and that our new Brand Ambassador has reached the final makes us very happy. For us the friendly and welcoming character of the tournament is very important. Retaining the character is, despite the size and success of the event, also our aim for the future.”
Laura Ceccarelli: “The doubles finalist Caroline Garcia told me that all the world’s tournament directors should come here to look to see what to do. The tournament is so well organised. And this year there was also the fantastic walk-on when the players went out on court. They got goose bumps every time they entered the arena. I also asked Caroline who was here for the first time what she would improve. All she could say was ‘nothing’. An indication of just how perfect the tournament is, is the fact that the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was voted by the players as their favourite tournament and this for the sixth time. The tournament is the future of the WTA.”
Markus Günthardt: “Naturally there is always something to tweak but on the whole I’m very satisfied. This year we’ve perfected the lighting effects and we can plunge the whole court in a completely different light in a split second.”
...the tennis played at the tournament:
Anke Huber: “Right from the first day, we’ve had an incredible atmosphere. The match be-tween Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber was one of the best and most emotional that I’ve ever seen here. We’re now once and for all a clay court tournament with the typical spectacular rallies. And we couldn’t have wished for a better final. Losing some seeded players at the start wasn’t detrimental to the excitement. With such a top field, you hardly notice it.”
Markus Günthardt: Tennis-wise we had a few favourites go out but for me it is proof of the quality of the field. You lose some top names but there is no dip in the quality of tennis.”
...the huge spectator interest in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:
Markus Günthardt: “The Porsche Arena was sold out on four days which is impressive. What’s especially pleasing is the fact that people are buying tickets earlier and earlier. This means that the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is accepted by the general public.”
....the SWR television channel stopping transmission of the semifinal between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki in the middle of the second set:
Markus Günthardt: “It was very annoying. I can well understand the people that complained. I would have been upset too. For us it’s doubly annoying as many viewers will associate Porsche with the transmission finishing even though we had absolutely nothing to do with it. It was SWR’s decision.”
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