01/10/2017

Sharapova: Comeback at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Fans of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix can look forward to Maria Sharapova making her eagerly-awaited return to professional tennis at the long-standing tournament in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena.

The 29-year old former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova will play her first match in the Porsche Arena on 26 April, the day she can start competing again at tournaments. Since the Australian Open in January 2016, she has not played a competitive match. She has received a wild card for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” said Maria Sharapova who won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “I can't wait‎ to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”

Markus Günthardt: “Her return is a fabulous present”

“I’m really happy for Maria that she’s back after a long break. Particularly pleasing for me is that it’s going to be our audience that gets to watch her comeback live,” said Tournament Director Markus Günthardt. “Her return in the Porsche Arena is a fabulous present for our fantastic spectators and is certain to be one of the sporting and emotional highlights of our anniversary tournament.”

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

The 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix will be held from 22 to 30 April. Headed by Angelique Kerber, the title-holder and world No. 1, eight Top 10 players will be playing in the Porsche Arena. Advance tickets are available at Easy Ticket Service (Tel: +49 711-2555 555, internet: www.easyticket.de).

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