Roddick powers Team
Elton to 24-18 win over Team Billie
Jean at Mylan WTT Smash Hits
Event raises more
than $700,000 for AIDS charities
ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Mylan WTT Smash Hits
presented by GEICO returned to the Orlando area for the first time since 1997
on Sunday evening, raising more than $700,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local charities.
Team Elton defeated Team Billie Jean 24-18 at the ESPN Wide World of
Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to take an 11-10 lead in the overall
series. Andy Roddick, who was making his
11th event appearance, won three sets including men’s singles over
John Isner to help Team Elton seal the victory.
“He's phenomenal,” John said of Roddick. “We miss him
on the tour because he's such a personality. He's doing so well. He came out
and did it tonight.”
A portion of tonight’s proceeds will go towards the
Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.
The annual event, co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now raised more the $12 million to support HIV and AIDS
prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993. Robert and
Tricia Earl served as local hosts of tonight’s Mylan WTT Smash Hits.
The evening began with a celebrity Battle of the Sexes
set, pitting Elton John and Roddick against Venus Williams and Marion Bartoli.
John and Roddick won the entertaining set 4-3.
The celebrity set didn’t count towards the overall
match score, but it got Team Elton off on the winning track. Roddick partnered teammate Robert Kendrick to
a 5-4 win against Team Billie Jean’s Isner and Jean-Julien Rojer to kick off
Team Elton moved ahead 10-6 when Williams and Vicky
Duval joined forces in women’s doubles for a 5-2 victory over Bartoli and
Taylor Townsend. In women’s singles, Townsend won the showdown of top young
Americans as she held off Duval for a 5-4 win, clinching the set on a deciding
point with a net cord.
Team Elton built on their lead in the 4th set with a
5-3 win in mixed doubles as Roddick teamed with Duval to get past Townsend and
Isner. Roddick then closed out the night by topping Isner 5-4 in men’s singles.
Before King and John’s teams battled it out on court,
they went head-to-head in a live auction contest, raising $212,000. John’s
squad took home honors by bringing in $126,000 of contributions.
Roddick stole the show when he took the microphone to
auction off a private lesson, selling two sessions for $36,000 apiece. Billie
Jean King’s Wimbledon package, featuring her own Centre Court seats to the 2014
ladies’ and gentlemen’s championship matches, sold for $25,000. Bartoli, the
reigning Wimbledon ladies’ champion, subsequently offered up her personal
tickets and the $25,000 was matched. Other auction items included an Elton
John-signed piano bench, a hitting session with Bartoli, a Daytona 500
experience, tournament packages for the US Open and Indian Wells, and a
Forevermark pendant and earrings.
include Mylan, GEICO, 1059 SUNNY FM, Adecco, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
LLP, Alston & Bird LLP, ANZ, Bright House Media Strategies, Central Florida
Press, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Credit Suisse, DecoTurf, Fields Auto Group,
Forevermark Diamond, Goldman Sachs, Kelley De & Warren LLP, Knobbe Martens
Olson & Bear LLP, Macy's, McGuireWoods LLP, Orlando Magazine, Planet
Hollywood Foundation, Presidio, Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP, Skadden Arps
Slate Meagher & Flom, Smart City, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wiley Rein LLP,
Wilson, Wipro and Zebra Coalition.
Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO at
ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex At Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
PRO-CELEB MATCH (didn't count
towards final match score): Elton John /
Andy Roddick def. Venus Williams / Marion Bartoli, 4-3
Team Elton def. Team Billie Jean 24-18
Men’s Doubles: Andy Roddick /
Robert Kendrick (Team Elton) def. John Isner / Jean-Julien Rojer (Team Billie
Women’s Doubles: Venus Williams /
Vicky Duval (Team Elton) def. Marion Bartoli / Taylor Townsend (Team Billie
Women’s Singles: Taylor Townsend
(Team Billie Jean) def. Vicky Duval (Team Elton) 5-4
Mixed Doubles: Andy Roddick / Vicky
Duval (Team Elton) def. John Isner / Taylor Townsend (Team Billie Jean) 5-3
Men’s Singles: Andy Roddick (Team
Elton) def. John Isner (Team Billie Jean) 5-4
John, Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Vicky Duval, Robert Kendrick
TEAM BILLIE JEAN:
Jean King, John Isner, Marion Bartoli, Taylor Townsend, Jean-Julien Rojer
more information on Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, visit www.WTTSmashHits.com.
Photos: Camerawork USA
2013 Mylan WTT Smash Hits
presented by GEICO – Organizations & Charities
About Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)
At the Elton John
AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe that AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for
effective programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and
compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years
ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in
1993. Through hard work and with the
help of our network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and
supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $300 million
over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide
treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on
programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K.
foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and
contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.
About Hope and Help Center of Central
Since 1988, the Hope and Help Center has
proudly provided comprehensive and compassionate support in Central Florida for
those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. As the premier HIV/AIDS service
organization in the region, Hope and Help Center offers a full range of care
services, as well as education and prevention initiatives that save lives,
refute the stigma, and offer hope to all those touched by this disease. Throughout
the years Hope and Help Center has grown with eight locations throughout
Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.
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