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Friday, December 2, 2005

Court Battle: Williams Sisters Defend Breach of Contract Suit

A jury in Palm Beach has begun hearing a breach of contract case against sisters and tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams.  Brought by two principals in a company known as CCKR, the lawsuit alleges that the Williams sisters reneged on an agreement to play in a Battle of the Sexes tennis match.  The Williams sisters claim that they never agreed to participate.  According to the Sun Sentinel, their father put in writing possible contract terms, but he says that he did so to help CCKR “get a foot in the door” with the Williams sisters’ sports agency, IMG.  Apparently, he considered what he signed a letter, not a contract.  Further, according to the article, the Williams sisters argue that “no one, including their father, can make promises or sign contracts on their behalf.” Probably the best defense here is not necessarily a legal one; the sisters’ attorney reportedly said: "They don't want any part of this circus called Battle of the Sexes . . . [w]here's the honor and pride in beating some retired 45-year-old man?"

[Meredith R. Miller]

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