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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Cowboys net Serena, Roddick for tennis

By Calvin Watkins

Cowboys Stadium has hosted basketball games, boxing matches and soccer games on top of football.

Add tennis to the list of events.

The $1.2 billion facility in Arlington, Texas, will host the inaugural Cowboys Tennis Slam on July 10, it was announced Thursday.

The exhibition features a match between Serena Williams, the No. 1 women's tennis player, against former No. 1 Maria Sharapova. That will be followed by a duel between Austin native Andy Roddick and John Isner.

The event will take place six days after the Wimbledon championships. Each match is a best-of-3 format.

"This will be an exciting event for us to hold at Cowboys Stadium," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. "We have seen the flexibility our new stadium has for holding spectacular events of all kinds and this event should be like no other. Being able to attract some of the best tennis players in the world under one roof for a night like this will be something special."

The tennis court will be placed across the end zone at Cowboys Stadium, which will have a configuration for up to 20,000 fans. The first match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.

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