2016 WTT SMASH HITS – FACT SHEET
What: World TeamTennis Smash Hits presented by Citi is an all-star charity tennis event co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King. The one-night event benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).
When/Where: Monday, October 10 // Las Vegas, Nev. // Caesars Palace
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*:
5:00pm: VIP Reception and Live Auction – (VIP ticket required)
6:30pm: World TeamTennis formatted tennis match with Elton John/Martina Navratilova vs. Andy Roddick/Maria Sharapova.
This will be followed by a World TeamTennis tennis match featuring an all-star lineup playing one set each of men’s & women’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s singles.
Who: Co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King
Two teams of tennis stars will be coached by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King in a WTT match. Confirmed players include Maria Sharapova, Mardy Fish, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Liezel Huber, Mark Philippoussis, Taylor Johnson and Andy Roddick. More players to be announced.
Tickets: All seating will be reserved and have chairbacks.
- VIP seats, which include admission to pre-match VIP Reception and Live Auction, are $545.
- For the tennis action only, Premium Reserved chairback seats are $136.25, and Reserved chairback seats are $59.95.
- Order tickets through www.WTTSmashHits.com or axs.com, or by calling The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office at (866) 320-9763 or AXS at (888) 929-7849.
- For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call 212-586-3444, x. 121.
VIP Reception: The evening begins with a pre-match VIP Reception and Auction at 5:00 p.m. at Caesars Palace. Special VIP ticket packages, including VIP courtside seating and admission to the VIP Reception and Auction, are available for $545.
Charity: This year’s annual event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).
Format: WTT team format – sets include singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Sets are first to five games with a 9-point tiebreaker at 4-4. Game scoring is no-ad and cumulative throughout the match. Let serves are playable. Elton John is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event.
History: Since 1993, WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $14 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities. On the court, Team Elton has a 12-11 edge in the overall series after taking the 2015 event with a 17-11 win over Team Billie Jean.
Auction: Elton John, Billie Jean King and the players will participate in the pre-match live auction, which will include an Elton John signed piano bench and King’s Wimbledon tickets among other items.
Sponsors: Official event sponsors include host sponsor Caesars Palace and presenting sponsor Citi. Additional sponsors and partners include AmerisourceBergen, Cashman Photo, Core Academy, DecoTurf, Donnelley Financial Solutions, Fanatics, GEICO, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, KXNT News/Talk Radio & CBS Sports Radio - Las Vegas, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, NBC & The CW - Las Vegas, WG Communications Group, Wilson and XS Tennis - Chicago. Ryan Wolfington and USTA Nevada are promotional partners of WTT Smash Hits.
*Schedule/players subject to change