Venus Williams and Andy Roddick Set to Headline Mylan WTT Smash Hits Charity Tennis Event at Walt Disney World Resort

Two former number-one-in-the-world ranked tennis players - Venus Williams and Andy Roddick - will be headlining a charity night of tennis at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this fall.

The event is the Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO and it's co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King. This year's event is planned for Sunday, November 1 at the HP Field House and it locally hosted by Robert and Tricia Earl.

A pre-match VIP Reception and Auction kicks off the event at 4:30 p.m. with tennis action starting at 6 p.m.

Roddick, a former world Number 1 who won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour including the 2003 US Open, is playing in his 9th Smash Hits event. Williams participated in her first Smash Hits event in 1997 " the last time the event was held at Disney. She has won Olympic gold and 44 career singles titles on the WTA tour including five Wimbledon singles championships.

Other players will be announced this fall for this year's event. Past players have included Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Bob and Mike Bryan, Jimmy Connors, Anna Kournikova and Lindsay Davenport.

Tickets for Mylan WTT Smash Hits go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, September 9. All seats are reserved and prices range from $50-$125. Tickets can be ordered through or For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call (407) 574-2599.

Special VIP ticket packages, including VIP courtside seating and admission to the VIP Reception and Auction, are available for $500 and will directly benefit the Hope and Help Center. This VIP reception features an auction with Sir Elton John, Billie Jean King, and all players, and include an Elton John signed piano bench and King's Wimbledon tickets among other items. To buy VIP ticket packages or for more information, call (407) 574-2599.

Last year the Mylan WTT Smash Hits in Pittsburgh raised $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and other local charities. In the 20 years of the event more than $11.5 million has been raised. This year's event in Orlando will benefit the EJAF and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.

Story by Traci C., Source

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:24:

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I would love to see this!

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