Louisville will host two of the world’s top athletes in a unique mix of tennis, music and charity at a special one-night-only event next month. Andy Roddick, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, and Serena Williams, 2008 U.S. Open champion, will be in Louisville Friday, Dec. 12, at Freedom Hall as part of the ICAP Energy Rock-n-Racquets tour. Roddick and Williams will be joined by fellow players John Isner and Caroline Wozniacki. The event will feature three exhibition matches: men’s and women’s singles (Roddick vs. Isner and Williams vs. Wozniacki) and mixed doubles (Roddick and Williams vs. Isner and Wozniacki).
In a departure from normal tennis protocol, the event will include music during changeovers. “Tennis events are normally hush-hush,” said tournament director Jeff Newman. “This is a more high energy event.” The event will be emceed by Wayne Bryan, father of the world’s No. 1 doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan.
“Rock-n-Racquets showcases tennis in a different light and brings it to cities that don’t normally see professional tennis,” Newman said. The tour will also make stops in Knoxville, Tenn. and Columbia, S.C.
Rock-n-Racquets starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $77 and can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center ticket office or for more information, please visit: www.rocknracquets.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.experiencebest.com.