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Tennisace
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:30 AM
Gaz de France Stars introduced 28-07-2004 On Wednesday, the first edition of the Gaz de France Stars has been introduced: a brand new WTA tournament in the new Ethias Arena in Hasselt. Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Silvia Farina Elia, Els Callens en Kirsten Flipkens will be among the star players.

The Gaz de France Stars will be a 170,000 dollar Tier III tournament. The event will take place at the Ethias Arena (the new parts of the Grenslandhallen) in Hasselt. The Arena seats 13,692 people and will be the location of top tennis in-between 24 September and 3 October 2004.

Kim Clijsters (WTA 2) will be top of the bill of the new venue. Her role will not only be limited to participating only, she will also be actively involved in the organisation of the tournament. Kim has already engaged in participating in the Gaz de France Stars until 2006.

Other players in Hasselt are: the Russian Elena Dementieva (WTA 6, finalist at the French Open), the Italian Silvia Farina Elia (WTA 19, finalist of the Proximus Diamond Games) and the Russian Elena Bovina (WTA 22). Els Callens and Kirsten Flipkens will receive a wild card. All the names of the players will be official by August 8th.

Organisar Octagon cis aims for 40,000 spectators and is planning a world cup gymastics in the Ethias Arena as well.

Kim Clijsters will be actively involved in the organisation .

Tennisace
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:32 AM
An interesting name for the new Tier III event in Hasselt, Belgium.