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Building on its high-def debut in 2007, Sega's respected Virtua Tennis game returns to the virtual courts on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and in a PC download. The series' simple control scheme and realistic action are bolstered with refinements to serving, volleying, and net play, and the added possibility for players to stumble brings new challenges and opportunities in the heat of the match. Console and computer gamers can play as and against more than 20 real-life tennis superstars, including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and series newcomers such as Andy Murray and Ana Ivanovic. Singles, doubles, and mixed doubles play is available, and gamers can customize their own contender, from facial features to wardrobe, using the Player Creation tools. Virtua Tennis 2009 offers a full World Tour mode and features the Davis Cup championships. Away from the serious tennis action, a dozen lighthearted "Court Game" mini-games are featured in Virtua Tennis 2009, involving fast-paced tennis ball battles against ornery pirates or hungry zoo animals, and other silliness. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide