Justine is making her debut at the Acura in Carlsbad
FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE AND RUNNER-UP KIM CLIJSTERS
ENTER 2003 ACURA CLASSIC
SAN DIEGO, CA, June 12, 2003 – Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, the two young stars in the first-ever all-Belgian Grand Slam Final at this year’s French Open, have both announced plans to compete at the upcoming Acura Classic, to be held July 26th - August 3rd at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA. At the French Open, Henin-Hardenne became her nation's first-ever Grand Slam champion when she defeated Clijsters in straight sets.
Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne, currently ranked #2 and #3 on the WTA TOUR, have been friends since childhood and have literally taken women’s professional tennis by storm this year. With a combination of aggressive play and skillful strategy, the two Belgians broke the streak of 4 straight Grand Slam all-Williams finals. Over the past year, in fact, they have provided Venus and Serena Williams with their strongest competition on the court.
Henin-Hardenne will be making her San Diego debut at this year’s Acura Classic. Clijsters is returning to La Costa for her third consecutive year. She thrilled fans last year in her three-set quarterfinal loss to eventual Acura Classic Champion Venus Williams in a match considered by many to be the tournament’s most exciting.
Noted Promotion Sports’ Raquel Giscafré: “Immediately after the French Open, our phones began ringing off the hook with fans inquiring if Justine and Kim would be playing in San Diego this year. We’re thrilled to announce that they have both entered the tournament, and we’re looking forward to some very exciting matches.”
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Acura Classic, fans can call the Tournament Box Office at 760/ 438-5683, or visit www.acuraclassic.com
Promotion Sports, Inc., which owns the Acura Classic and promotes a variety of professional tennis events, is a private corporation headquartered in Carlsbad, California. Founded in 1982 by Raquel Giscafré and Jane Stratton, former professional tennis players, the company is dedicated to promoting sports and women’s tennis worldwide.
The Acura Classic is sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The Acura Classic is presented by Tommy Bahama.