On 14 July 2018, she created Germany’s greatest tennis moment of the century – on that day, Angelique Kerber lifted the trophy to the skies on Centre Court at Wimbledon after her memorable final triumph over US star Serena Williams. Wimbledon, lawn, and Angelique Kerber – it’s a very special relationship, which is now heightened at home, in front of German (and international) fans. Because at the Bad Homburg Open, the new WTA International tournament under the patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the three-time Grand Slam queen is not just a player competing for the trophy.

For this competition in the Kurpark, on grounds steeped in tradition, Angelique Kerber is much more: She is the face of the tournament, the global ambassador for the tournament – and in the future, after the conclusion of her phenomenal career, she will also become the tournament director. The woman who will give the Bad Homburg Open her own personal touch. “With this tournament, a great dream of mine is coming true. And the Bad Homburg Kurpark is the ideal setting for this event,” Angelique Kerber explains, “it’s important to me to already be involved in many decisions and plans.”

And she’s walking her talk: At the first big workshop of the organisers – the agencies Perfect Match and Angelique Kerber Management – the Wimbledon winner sat at the table and actively participated in the creative exchange of ideas. “I’ve been to hundreds of tournaments over the years. I know what makes for a good event and infrastructure, what the players’ wishes are,” says Angelique Kerber. Early in the new season, the 31-year-old also wants to have her first talks with colleagues to win them over for the Bad Homburg premiere. “I’m sure we’ll have a very attractive field,” says the Wimbledon queen.