Draws, prize money and everything you need to know

The Hologic WTA Tour moves to Europe for the clay season, kicking off with the prestigious Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. 

The WTA 500 event always features a packed main draw, 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 No.1. The Pole leads a field that includes seven of the Top 10, as well as the tournament debuts of Emma Raducanu, Bianca Andreescu, and Coco Gauff. 

Here’s what you need to know about Stuttgart:

When does the tournament start?

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is a WTA 500 event played on indoor clay at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The elite event has been voted by the players as the WTA 500 Tournament of the Year in 10 of the last 15 years. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw. It will use Wilson Roland Garros balls. 

Main draw play begins on Monday, April 18, with qualifying to get underway on Saturday, April 16. 

When are the finals? 

Both finals will be played on Sunday, April 24. The singles final will be played at 1:00 pm, followed by the doubles final. 

Who are the top seeds?

1. Iga Swiatek
2. Paula Badosa
3. Aryna Sabalenka
4. Maria Sakkari
5. Anett Kontaveit
6. Karolina Pliskova
7. Ons Jabeur
8. Emma Raducanu

The top four seeds will receive opening-round byes.

Who are the defending champions?

Ashleigh Barty swept the singles and doubles titles in 2021. The then-No.1 defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the singles final and then paired with Jennifer Brady to defeat Desirae Krawczyk and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Champion’s Reel: How Ashleigh Barty won Stuttgart 2021

2021 Stuttgart

What does the draw look like?

The main draw ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 17 at 1:00 pm. Check back then for a full draw analysis.

Entry List: Swiatek, Sakkari lead packed Stuttgart field as Raducanu, Gauff debut

What is the prize money and ranking points on offer?

Stuttgart has a total prize money purse of $757,900. In addition to prize money, the singles champion will also receive a Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo.

First Round: 1 point
Second Round: 30 points
Round of 16: 55 points
Quarterfinals: 100 points
Semifinal: 185 points
Final: 305 points
Champion: 470 points

Key Storylines

The new World No.1 debuts: Swiatek takes her 17-match tour winning streak into her tournament debut in Stuttgart, where she will play her first Hologic WTA Tour tournament as the World No.1. Setting her streak and form aside, the 2020 Roland Garros champion will be one of the heavy favorites throughout the clay season. Swiatek has already won two of the tour’s biggest clay titles in the last two seasons, having added Rome to her ledger last year.

Bianca Andreescu is back: The 2019 US Open champion accepted a wildcard into Stuttgart, where she will play her first tournament of the season. The 21-year-old Canadian last played at Indian Wells last fall. Stuttgart will be just Andreescu’s fourth tour-level clay tournament of her career. She previously played 2019 Roland Garros, 2021 Strasbourg, and 2021 Roland Garros.

Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur in form: Both players are making their main-draw debuts in Stuttgart, with Jabeur coming in off a run to the Charleston final. Badosa’s consistency over the American swing – making the Indian Wells semifinal, Miami quarterfinal, and Charleston quarterfinal – has boosted her to a career-high No.3 ranking. 

Emma Raducanu takes her first steps on clay: Stuttgart will be the 18-year-old Brit’s first clay-court appearance on the Hologic WTA Tour. In fact, Raducanu did not play any clay events on the ITF Tour either. But Raducanu will likely get her first pro-level clay match under her belt this weekend when she represents Great Britain against the Czech Republic at the Billie Jean King Cup.

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