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2006 Bahrain Grand Prix

 

The Philip Morris Virginia Slims Tennis Tournaments featured world-class tennis professionals

The Philip Morris Virginia Slims Tennis Tournaments featured world-class tennis professionals

In spite of the ban on sports sponsorship, the regulations allowed indirect promotion of brands by way of stadium billboards and other advertising devices.  This practice has been banned in the U.S., but cigarette sports sponsorship and promotion continue around the world.
From 1970 into the 1990s, Philip Morris sponsored the Virginia Slims tennis tournaments that featured tennis pros like Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and others.marlbororacing500