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THE Sports Illustrated SWIMWEAR SPECIAL Launch

The 2004 Sports Illustrated swimsuit magazine will feature tennis hot babes Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams and other super models.

This is the seventh straight year that SI has featured athletes as part of its swimsuit issue, which went on sale on Wednesday.

Here are some images from the launch of the 40th anniversary issue in New York City on Wednesday.

Photographs: Getty Images