Sega Serves Up Virtua Tennis 2009 This Spring

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Man, Sega read my mind! Earlier this week I dusted off my old 360 copy of Virtua Tennis 3 in the wake of excitement stemming from Nadal and Federer’s latest epic clash at the Australian Open finals, and while finding that it has held up pretty well since coming out in 2007 it still got me itching for a new Virtua Tennis. Low and behold, a new Virtua Tennis is actually on the way!

This afternoon Sega has announced Virtua Tennis 2009. It’s in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 (PC version will be download only, hence the lacking box art) and will ship this May featuring an enhanced World Tour Mode with integrated online rankings, an expanded player creation system, a collection of new and old-favorite Court Games, the official Davis Cup license for authentic country-based team play, improved mechanics particularly in the areas of player movement, volleying and serving, and of course top pro tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Andy Murray and Ana Ivanovic.

“The return of Virtua Tennis promises to be a real treat for both fans of the series and sports game fans everywhere” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “The tennis season is shaping up to be the most exciting in years, and with new players, courts, an Online Tour and extensive on-court updates – Virtua Tennis 2009 is sure to maintain its spot as the standard by which all tennis games are judged.”

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