It has been an exciting week too Emma Raducanu in Stuttgart. Since winning the US Open 2021, the 19-year-old Briton has been the new star in women’s tennis and was also in focus at her first Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The Porsche brand ambassador not only played a strong tournament, but also had a lot of fun off-center.
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She completed photo and interview appointments as routinely and skillfully as the Porsche Driving Challenge, a driving competition very popular with players as part of the world-class tournament. The visit to the Porsche Museum was particularly enjoyable for the Porsche and motorsport fan.
Emma Raducanu had already arrived in Stuttgart after her first training session on the center field at the Porsche Arena. “I love this. It’s great to be surrounded by all the Porsche vehicles,” she said, looking at the Taycan models lined up at the baseline. Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur’s jersey she was wearing caused a sensation – with number 10 on her favorite player Harry Kane. “In fact, I have never followed football so closely,” she said. “But almost everyone on my team loves Spurs and tries to convince me of the club. Because of them, I’m slowly becoming a real fan.”
Raducanu wins first match on clay
On the other hand, she already had a soft spot for Porsche as a child. One of her first trainers drove a 911, and every time she came to training the morning before school, she admired the car and dreamed of one day driving one herself. She had ample opportunity for that on the sidelines of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, and she could even have taken a Porsche home, for a fully electric Taycan GTS Sport Turismo was the winning prize this year. The great interest in her person has increased markedly since her US Open victory, she said, but she is slowly getting used to it: “The more experience I get, the better I can handle it. If I play tournaments week after week and employ me with all media inquiries, then everything gradually becomes normal for me.
In her first WTA tournament on clay, she started with a superb 6: 1, 6: 2 against Australian Storm Sanders. In the second round, she defeated German Tamara Korpatsch 6: 0, 2: 6, 6: 1 and was already in the quarterfinals along with five top 10 players. There was the world number one and later Iga Swiatek wins her opponent. In the end, the Pole won the hard-fought battle 6: 4, 6: 4.
Emma Raducanu was pleased with her clay court premiere despite losing to number 1. “As a young player, I can learn a lot on clay courts and look forward to spending more time on clay this year,” she said. She fully enjoyed the tournament with its great atmosphere in the Porsche Arena and is convinced: “The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is one of the best tournaments on the calendar. The Center Court in the Porsche Arena is fantastic. ”
“Enjoyed warm hospitality”
There was one thing Emma Raducanu looked forward to in Stuttgart, almost as much as the fights in the Porsche Arena – a visit to the Porsche Museum. The day after she left, she made her way to the Zuffenhausen in a Porsche Targa 4S and immersed herself in the exciting history of the sports car manufacturer. “It’s fascinating to look around here and see all these cars up close,” she said. “The evolution from the first to the current models is an incredible story and makes this brand so special.” The trip lasted longer than planned, because she sat with great enthusiasm in almost each of the models on display. She was particularly impressed by the Porsche 356 and 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Cabriolet as well as the old and new race cars. And after failing to win the winning car at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix this year, she took home a vintage Le Mans 1982 jacket as a souvenir from the museum shop.
In light of so many unforgettable impressions and the promising start to the gravel season, it was not easy for Emma Raducanu to say goodbye to Stuttgart. “I really enjoyed this week and the warm hospitality from people here,” she said. “I will definitely be back.”
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