february 26, 2016 - Porsche

Tennis: “Duel of Legends”

The ladies will once again receive a visit from two men at the 39th #porsche #tennis Grand Prix from 16 to 24 April when #michaelstich and #michaelchang face each other in the Berenberg Classics “Duel of Legends”.

The former Grand Slam winners will meet in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena at 6.30 pm on Monday, April 18. Now a tradition at the #porsche #tennis Grand Prix, whose field this year will once again contain the world’s crème de la crème with seven Top 10 players, the exhibition match is one of the highlights on the first day of the main draw encounters.

“Our audience will once again be served up with a piece of #tennis history by #michaelstich and #michaelchang,” said Tournament Director Markus Günthardt. “They both made their mark on the game over many years playing unforgettable matches.”



Michael Stich – Winner of Wimbledon in 1991

The career of #michaelstich, 47, is full of superlatives. En route to winning Wimbledon in 1991, the German beat, one after the other, French Open champion Jim Courier, the world No. 1 Stefan Edberg and then, in the final, Boris Becker. The doubles final the year after in which he partnered John McEnroe lasted 301 minutes and has gone down in history as the longest doubles final of all time. Together with Boris Becker, he won Olympic gold at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. In 1993, he was also a member of the German team that won the Davis Cup.



Michael Chang – the youngest ever Grand Slam champion

American #michaelchang, 43, served up the most memorable match of his career in Paris in 1989. In the last 16 of the French Open, the then 17-year old – son of Taiwanese immigrants – drove the great Ivan Lendl to the verge of despair with his unorthodox game. Plagued by cramp and close to retiring, he eventually won 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He went on to beat Stefan Edberg in the final to become the youngest ever Grand Slam champion.

“Michael is a real fighter on the court,” says #michaelstich. “I can still well remember our last match in Cincinnati in 1995. Though I made CNN’s sports news with the “shot of the day”, I nevertheless lost the match. It alone is a reason why I’m really looking forward to playing him once again.”

Porsche #tennis Grand Prix with Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova

Voted by the players as their favourite tournament in its category once again in 2015, the #porsche #tennis Grand Prix marks the start of the stars’ preparations for the French Open. Amongst those competing will be the #porsche Brand Ambassadors #angeliquekerber and #mariasharapova. The recently-crowned Australian Open champion #angeliquekerber, a member of #porsche Team Germany, will be returning to Stuttgart as the title-holder. Superstar Maria Sharapova won the tournament three years in succession from 2012 to 2014.