Join Date: Oct 2001
Actually Graf came back the year she retired because she promised to play there 1999. As she was retired, she was just given some flowers on the court and gave autograph sessions.
The other stories about the event are true. There are Porsche safety events where the players learn how to drive in difficult situations, they can visit the Porsche company (Anna went there with Tommy Haas as a visitor of the event 1-2 years ago), they´ve a Porsche for free and the stuff with the small gifts on the pillow is a legendary thing that makes the event the most loved one among the tier II.
In fact, I´ve been to the hotel where the players stay twice in my life and it´s located directly next to the Stuttgart airport. This is another factor. The players fly in and are in their hotel and are driven to Filderstadt which should be about 15-20 minutes from the side of the hotel.