BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Injured Kim Clijsters will offer every
fan at her Diamond Games home tournament this month a bottle of
champagne to celebrate her No. 1 ranking.
"Kim has taken the initiative to thank her fans," tournament
organizer Bob Verbeeck said.
The Sports Palace in Antwerp can hold up to 10,000 fans and,
considering one bottle sells for about $30, Clijsters should
consider herself lucky she is one of the biggest earners on the WTA
Her prize money this year, $226,475, should just about cover the
Clijsters became No. 1 at the Australian Open despite having to
pull out with an injured ankle during the semifinals. She will be
out for at least another seven weeks.
She was to have been the main attraction for the Feb. 13-19
Diamond Games, played less than 60 miles from her home.
Her biggest job now will be to help hand out the champagne