MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS AND MARDY FISH ADDED TO WTT SMASH HITS LINEUP FOR OCTOBER 10 CHARITY EVENT AT CAESARS PALACE
New York, N.Y. (September 8, 2016) --- Mark Philippoussis and Mardy Fish have joined the all-star field for the 2016 World TeamTennis Smash Hits event set for Monday, October 10, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The one-night event, co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, raises funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Philippoussis and Fish are the latest additions to a lineup that already includes John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Lindsay Davenport. Additional players will be announced in the coming weeks.
Since 1993, WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $14 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities. Caesars Palace, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is also home to Elton John’s hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano.”
Tickets for WTT Smash Hits are available through 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. All seating will be reserved and have chairbacks. VIP seats, which include admission to the 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. For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call (212) 586-3444 x. 121. Ticket prices include Live Entertainment Tax as assessed by the state of Nevada.
Fish, who reached a career high world ranking of No. 7 in singles and No. 14 in doubles on the ATP Tour, returns for his second consecutive WTT Smash Hits. During his pro career, the American won six singles and eight doubles titles on the ATP Tour and also captured the silver medal in singles at the Athens Olympic Games. Fish is also a pro ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization designed to foster inclusive sports communities.
Philippoussis won 11 singles titles on the ATP Tour, reaching a career high ranking of No. 8. Noted for his powerful serve, Philippoussis led Australia to Davis Cup titles in 1999 and 2003. He was a singles finalist at both Wimbledon and the US Open, dropping the championship matches to Pat Rafter and Roger Federer. This is Philippoussis’ second time to participate in WTT Smash Hits, having previously played in 2010.
The evening begins with a pre-match VIP Reception and Auction at 5:00 p.m. at Caesars Palace with the match start set for 7 p.m. on a specially-constructed tennis court in the valet parking lot adjacent to Caesars Palace Drive. A limited number of special VIP ticket packages, including VIP courtside seating and admission to the VIP Reception and Auction, are available for $545. John, King and all 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.
Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Last year, Team Elton took a 12-11 edge in the overall series with a 17-11 win over Team Billie Jean.
Official event sponsors include host sponsor Caesars Palace. Additional sponsors and partners include AmerisourceBergen, Core Academy, DecoTurf, GEICO, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation and Wilson. Ryan Wolfington and USTA Nevada are promotional partners of WTT Smash Hits.
Sponsorship packages are also available by contacting Natalee Jarrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 586-3444 x. 111.
For more information on WTT Smash Hits, visit WTTSmashHits.com.
For more information on the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit EJAF.org.
Rosie Crews, Mylan WTT (email@example.com), PH: (817) 684-0366
Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment (firstname.lastname@example.org), PH: (702) 785-6540
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2016 WTT Smash Hits – Organizations & Charities
About Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)
At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF almost 25 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 generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $350 million over the past quarter century 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 Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas resort and casino and voted “Best Strip Hotel” in 2015 by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Caesars Palace features 3,980 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the all-new Julius Tower, the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, the 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, as well as celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy and MR CHOW. The all-new Montecristo Cigar Bar is now open and pairs notable cigar offerings with fine whiskeys, small bites and more. The resort also features nearly 130,000 square feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis, the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa, COLOR Salon by celebrity hairstylist Michael Boychuck, five wedding chapels and gardens, and the new 75,000-square-foot OMNIA Nightclub with the top DJs such as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Steve Angello. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. For more information, please visit caesarspalace.com. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
About Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT):
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional and recreational team tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Professional teams compete for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after King. In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. On the recreational side of the sport, the Mylan WTT Recreational League operates team leagues and events. For more information, visit WTT.com.