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Source: Tennis Week

Former World No. 4 José Luis Clerc, one of Argentina's most accomplished players, will return to the heart of Argentina's wine country to help foster the growth of tennis players.

The 50-year-old Buenos Aires native, who won 25 career ATP titles and registered a 375-148 record in his career, has signed on as a consultant and partner for the development and construction of Algodon Wine Estates' Tennis Center and Clerc Tennis Academy in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina. Upon its completion, the tennis center is scheduled to offer a total of 11 championship courts, including seven clay courts (counting the center stadium), three hard courts, and one grass court.

Clerc, who currently works as a tennis analyst for ESPN Lat America, will provide general management for the center and will shape the Academy's goal to attract top world players and international tournaments. In addition to his partnership with Algodon on the Tennis Academy, Clerc will also act as brand ambassador, working to promote all Algodon properties, including the exclusive 10-suite Algodon Mansion expected to open early 2009 in Buenos Aires.

"At Algodon Wine Estates we are determined to create one of Argentina's top Tennis Centers, equipped with the latest in technology and facilities, in line with world-class standards," said Scott Mathis, Chairman and founder of InvestProperty Group (IPG) and DPEC Partners. "Jose Luis Clerc's experience and qualifications will bring an unprecedented level of expertise to the project, and we are thrilled to be working with someone of his caliber."

Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, a region often referred to as the "Napa Valley" of Argentina, the Algodon Wine Estates offers luxury accommodations for travelers, as well as the opportunity to actually own a piece of the estate's vineyard and a custom wine label.

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