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Top-ranked professional tennis player to visit Lake County

RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2008

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS — Justine Henin, currently the No. 1 rated tennis player on the Women's Tennis Association's tour singles rankings, will be making a special appearance in Lake County on Sunday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at the Mission Inn Resort & Club, located at 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills.

Justine Henin
JUSTINE HENIN AND COACH CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
During the press conference, Henin will announce the launch of the 6th Sense Tennis Academy at the resort. It will be Henin's second academy as her first opened in her native country of Belgium in November 2007. The 6th Sense Tennis Academy will officially begin at Mission Inn Resort & Club in September. According to representatives for the professional tennis player, Henin will also train at Mission Inn prior to some of the big tournaments in the United States such as the Sony Ericsson Open and U.S. Open.

"I've been working to put this together for over a year," said Cesar Villarroel, Director of Tennis & Fitness at Mission Inn Resort & Club." I am pleased it has finally come together."

According to Villarroel, the new tennis academy will teach specific techniques that helped
Henin become a world-renown player. The intense training regiment will attract top youth from around the world, he said.

"This academy is going to be something totally different for Lake County's tourism industry," said Greg Mihalic, Director of the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations. "I applaud Mission Inn's efforts to bring Justine Henin's academy to our community."

For more information about the 6th Sense Tennis Academy, beginning Monday, March 24, log on to www.6senstennisacademie.com, e-mail a.devos@6senstennisacademie.com or call (352) 324-2024 ext. 7145.

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