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KIM CLIJSTERS TO MAKE WORLD TEAMTENNIS

<span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #fff8f8;"><span style="font-weight: bold; color: #ebff58;">KIM CLIJSTERS TO MAKE WORLD TEAMTENNIS DEBUT FOR ST. LOUIS ACES IN JULY<br><br>(March 13, 2009) –</span><br><br>NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 13, 2009) – Kim Clijsters, a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, will return to the courts this summer to play two matches for the St. Louis Aces in the Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League.  Clijsters will make her World TeamTennis debut for the Aces on July 21 in St. Louis and will play on the road in Philadelphia on July 22.<br><br>Clijsters retired from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in May 2007 following a successful career that included 34 singles and 11 doubles titles.  Clijsters captured the 2005 US Open Championship with a victory over Mary Pierce and was singles runner-up at the French Open in 2001 and 2003, and at the Australian Open in 2004.  She also won the WTA Tour Championships in 2002 and 2003.  Clijsters won Grand Slam doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2003.   Clijsters and her husband Brian Lynch have one daughter, Jada Ellie, born in February 2008.<br><br>Always a fan favorite, Clijsters is looking forward to her first experience with the co-ed team format of World TeamTennis, which was co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1974.  “I am very honored that Billie Jean invited me,” said Clijsters.  “To play as a team is a very attractive concept.  I always wanted to play World TeamTennis but it was difficult to combine with the WTA tournaments and my European season.  I am very excited to play WTT for the first time.”<br><br>Clijsters joins an impressive list of previously announced marquee players set to play World TeamTennis in July, including Andre Agassi (Philadelphia), Serena Williams (Washington Kastles), Venus Williams (Philadelphia Freedoms), Martina Navratilova (Boston Lobsters), John McEnroe (New York Sportimes), Anna Kournikova (St. Louis Aces), Michael Chang (Sacramento Capitals), and Bob and Mike Bryan (Kansas City Explorers). <br><br>The 34th season of the Advanta WTT Pro League runs July 2-26, concluding with the Advanta WTT Finals where teams battle for the coveted King Trophy.  Team lineups will be finalized at the Advanta WTT Roster Draft on March 31 in Miami.  Marquee players typically play a limited schedule while roster players play the full 3-week season.  Visit WTT.com for more information.<br></span><br>
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