CHATTANOOGA ( - Two of the world's most recognized professional athletes, Venus and Serena Williams, will be the guest speakers for this year's Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps awards banquet.

The annual banquet, which honors hundreds of area high school athletes, will be held June 10 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Sunday and you can purchase them directly by clicking this link to the Best of Preps web page.

Last year the event featured record-smashing swimmer Michael Phelps, who has won 14 Olympic gold medals.

Click here to read more about the Williams sisters from the Times Free Press.

The sisters have played each other in 23 professional matches dating back to 1998, with Serena winning 13 of those. Their meeting in the final of the 2001 U.S. Open was the first Grand Slam final contested by two sisters in the open era.

"It's an honor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press to have the ability to bring world-renowned athletes to town for our annual 'Best of Preps' awards program," said Jason Taylor, president of the newspaper.

"We know that these experiences assist in shaping athletes as they prepare themselves for the future. Nothing pleases us more than being able to honor the region's top athletes, and we look forward to welcoming Venus and Serena Williams to Chattanooga."

WRCB Channel 3 will support the Best of Preps awards banquet and have coverage of the local athletes leading up to and at the event.