The Hologic WTA Tour moves to Europe for the clay court season, kicking off with the prestigious Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
The WTA 500 event always features a packed peloton, and the 45th edition of the tournament is no exception. This year, Stuttgart will welcome Iga Swiatek to her first Hologic WTA Tour event as the new world number 1. The Pole leads a field that includes seven of the top 10 as well as tournament debuts Emma Raducanu, Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff.
This is what you need to know about Stuttgart:
When does the tournament start?
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is a WTA 500 tournament played on clay court at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The elite event has been voted WTA 500 Tournament of the Year by players in 10 of the last 15 years. The tournament includes a singles draw with 32 players and a doubles draw with 16 teams. Wilson Roland Garros balls are used.
The main draw begins Monday April 18th and qualifiers begin Saturday April 16th.
When are the finals?
Both finals will be played on Sunday April 24th. The singles final will be played at 13:00, followed by the doubles final.
Who are the top seeds?
1. Iga Swiatek
2. Paula Badosa
3. Arina Sabalenka
4. Maria Sakkari
5. Anett Kontaveit
6. Karolina Pliskova
7. Ons Jabeur
The top four seedlings will receive byes in the opening round.
Who are the defending champions?
Ashleigh Barty won the singles and doubles titles in 2021. The then No. 1 defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the singles final, then teamed with Jennifer Brady to defeat Desirae Krawczyk and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
How does the draw look like?
The Main Drawing Ceremony will take place on Sunday April 17th at 1pm. Then check back for a full draw analysis.
Roster: Swiatek, Sakkari lead the packed Stuttgart field while Raducanu, Gauff makes his debut
What prize money and ranking list points are there?
Stuttgart has a total prize pool of US$703,580. In addition to prize money, the individual champion also receives a Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo.
First round: 1 point
Second round: 30 points
Round of 16: 55 points
Quarterfinals: 100 points
Semifinals: 185 points
Final: 305 points
Master: 470 points
The new world number 1 debuts: Swiatek brings her 17-match Tour winning streak to her tournament debut in Stuttgart, where she will contest her first Hologic WTA Tour tournament as world No. 1. Putting her streak and form aside, the 2020 Roland Garros winner will be one of the big favorites throughout the clay court season. Swiatek has already won two of the tour’s biggest clay-court titles in the last two seasons after adding Rome to her ledger last year.
Bianca Andreescu is back: The 2019 US Open champion accepted a wildcard in Stuttgart, where she will play her first tournament of the season. The 21-year-old Canadian last played at Indian Wells last fall. Stuttgart is only Andreescu’s fourth tour-level clay court tournament of her career. She previously played in Roland Garros 2019, Strasbourg 2021 and Roland Garros 2021.
Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur in shape: Both players make their debuts in the main draw in Stuttgart, with Jabeur coming off a run in the Charleston final. Badosa’s consistency in American swing – she reached the semifinals at Indian Wells, the quarterfinals in Miami and the quarterfinals in Charleston – has placed her at #3 in her career.
Emma Raducanu takes her first steps on sand: Stuttgart will be the 18-year-old Brit’s first clay court appearance on the Hologic WTA Tour. In fact, Raducanu has not contested any clay court events on the ITF tour either. But Raducanu is likely to play her first pro-level clay court match this weekend when she represents Great Britain against the Czech Republic in the Billie Jean King Cup.