For years, Elton John and his friend, tennis great Billie Jean King, have been holding an annual charity tennis tournament to raise money for the fight against HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, and now the location, players and date have been revealed on Elton’s website.
The event, called Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits presented by GEICO, will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 16. Playing with Elton and Billie Jean will tennis superstars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf and Andy Roddick, among others. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 16 at 10 a.m. ET. As always, the event will feature two teams, respectively captained by Elton and Billie Jean, who’ll play five sets of World TeamTennis: one set each of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Elton will also play in a celebrity doubles match to open the event.
Over the years, Smash Hits has raised more than 10 million dollars for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities. This year’s funds will go to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.
Elton said in a statement, “It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King…I urge all of the tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Pittsburgh area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.” Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio