Julia Goerges joins Angelique Kerber at Berlin WTA Premier event


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Julia Goerges joins Angelique Kerber at Berlin WTA Premier event

As was expected, a former world no. 1 and 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was the first player confirmed for the brand-new grass WTA Premier event in Berlin that will take place in June 2020. In another logical move, world no.

28 Julia Goerges will have the opportunity to compete in front of the home fans as well, seeking another notable result on the fastest surface after reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon last year and the final in Birmingham this June.

For three decades, the crowd in Berlin had the opportunity to watch high-quality WTA tennis at the German Open that was a part of the calendar between 1979-2008. Chris Evert, Steffi Graf (nine titles in 11 years between 1986-96), Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Conchita Martinez, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo, Justine Henin and Ana Ivanovic had all won the title there, with Dinara Safina as the last champion in 2008.

After more than ten years, the world's leading players will travel to Berlin again in preparation for Wimbledon, taking the Premier status out of Birmingham that goes in the same week as a lower-tier event. The Lawn Tennis Turnier Club Rot-Weiß in Berlin will celebrate the 125th anniversary in 2022, with the organizers ready to give their best in gathering star-packed field for the first edition on the new surface, offering big prize money and points on Steffi-Graf Stadium.

The sporting director Markus Zoecke had to deal with challenging problems at the famous but old club, renovating the stadium in 2015 and gathering legends like Michael Stich, Henri Leconte and Pat Cash before staging Davis Cup tie a year later.

After further improvements, the organizers started to think about getting back to the WTA Tour, meeting with Edwin Weindorfer in February and hoping to take the license from Mallorca and make a big comeback to the scene. Wimbledon officials came to Berlin in April and the structure was set for the significant shift towards grass, with three primary and three practice courts ready to change the color from red to green soon.