January 10, 2017 ~ Maria Sharapova is set to return to professional tennis in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena. The 29-year old former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner 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.”
“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 emo- tional highlights of our anniversary tournament.”
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.