Belgium hopes that tennis will provide a welcome distraction from politics.It was announced last week that the opening of Belgium’s presidency of the European Union would be marked by an exhibition tennis match between Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. The aim of the ‘best of Belgium’ contest, which will be staged in the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, is to break the world attendance record for a tennis match, which dates back to 1973 when women’s champion Billie Jean King played a male opponent, Bobby Riggs. “When you think about Belgium you think about Clijsters and Henin, more so than anything else,” said a smiling Prime Minister Yves Leterme on 20 April. Two days later, smiling a little less, Leterme announced the resignation of his government. The next day Henin announced that she had broken a finger. The day after that Clijsters injured her foot playing for Belgium against Estonia. She will be out for six weeks and may miss the French Open. The tennis players will probably have recovered by July. Restoring the Belgian government will be more difficult.