Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WTT Smash Hits Coming to Cleveland

An announcement was made Tuesday that Elton John and Billie Jean King will host a tennis event in Cleveland.

It is the World Team Tennis Smash Hits and will be held at Cleveland Public Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27. World Team Tennis showcases both the best in professional and recreational team tennis.
Tickets for the one-night event go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 30 , at 10 a.m.

Captained by King and John , the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis coed team format. The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. King and John have split the series so far with nine wins each.

Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year's event will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

David Gilbert of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission said the event is a big one.

"When you have an event that brings in this kind of celebrity atmosphere with Elton John, Billie Jean King, players like Andy Roddick and Martina Navratilova, that gets the community excited and the media involved," Gilbert said. "This will be nationally televised and we think it will lead to other major events being held in Cleveland."

- News Net 5

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