Vodichkova to miss 2007 season

PHOENIX, March 2, 2007 – The Phoenix Mercury today announced that center Kamila Vodichkova will miss the 2007 WNBA season due to pregnancy. The organization sends its congratulations and best wishes to the expectant mom.

“While we certainly will miss the energy and incredible physical abilities Kamila has brought to us the past two seasons, we could not be happier for her and the new direction her life is about to take,” said Mercury President and Chief Operating Officer Jay Parry. “She is always welcome back at US Airways Center, and we can’t wait for the arrival of the newest, youngest member of the X-Factor.”

Vodichkova signed a three-year free agent deal with the Mercury prior to the 2005 season. She sent along the following letter to the Phoenix organization and its fans.

Dear Mercury Fans,

I received great news from my doctor a few days ago. She told me that I am pregnant! I am so excited and happy. That good news, though, does come hand-in-hand with some sad news. Unfortunately, I will not be returning to Phoenix. Because of that, I would like to say a couple of words.

First of all, I want to thank the Mercury management for bringing me to Phoenix two years ago. Thanks to that step, I had the chance to meet and get to know my teammates, coaches, fans, team staff, doctors and a bunch of other great people around the team. Thank you for taking excellent care of me and always being professionals and friends.

Thank you, Mercury fans, for your support and our huge crowds. Keep bringing it! You are the best!

Thank you to all of you for two great seasons. You made Phoenix my second home and I will always be proud of having the opportunity to be a part of the Phoenix Mercury.

Kamila Vodichkova

Winners of a franchise-best seven straight to finish 2006, the Phoenix Mercury look to pick up where they left off led by All-Stars Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter in the record-shattering offense of head coach Paul Westhead. Under the direction of new general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Mercury own the No. 1 overall pick in the April 4 WNBA Draft. Phoenix opens its 11th WNBA season on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. at US Airways Center against the San Antonio Silver Stars.