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The Battle of the Sexes is likely to get bumped in the record books by the Battle of the Belgians.
Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin will play an exhibition match in July and attempt to beat the all-time tennis attendance record of 30,492, set in 1973 when Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King played their historic match at the Houston Astrodome.
This exhibition will be held at the 40,000 seat King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The stadium is usually used for soccer games and the Van Damme track meet which, sadly, is nothing like it sounds. Organizers are still trying to decide whether to play on clay or hard courts, but should definitely go with the latter, as clay would provide Henin with a huge advantage.
It should be a pretty cool event. Billie Jean King has been invited to serve as chair umpire, all proceeds will go to charity and it will give Belgians a chance to see the two most famous tennis players in the nation's history up against one another.
But this match needs something on the line though. When Riggs and King played, it represented centuries of chauvinism facing off against the new women's lib movement. The social implications were huge. What does this have? Bragging rights at the Bruges Country Club? To combat this, whoever wins should become fourth in line to the the throne of Albert II or get their face on the nation's Euro coin or have the "Belgian Waffle" renamed the "Kim Waffle" or "Henin Waffle" in their respective honor.
- Billie Jean King
- Bobby Riggs