The organizers of the Rageurnier announced on Thursday. The 22-color Grand Slam winner follows the former Chancellor Angela Merkel. In Berlin, Graf in 1986 brought her first tournament victory to German soil, and the stadium has been bearing its name since 2004. “Berlin played a special role in my career,” said the 52-year-old for her patronage. Steffi Graf in 1986 at the tournament in Berin. Picture Alliance / AP Images “Berlin and Steffi Graf, this is a separate success story”, supplemented tournament director Barbara Rittner: “It is a special appreciation for the tournament that she now takes over the patronage”. This year, from 11 June, among other things, Japanese Naomi Osaka (Japan) and Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) beat in the capital.