October 22, 2009

Serena to play Advanta WTT Smash Hits

Serena Williams is bringing her top-ranked game to Baton Rouge

Williams, who reclaimed the number one world female tennis ranking two weeks ago, will play in Advanta WTT Smash Hits, a charity event co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, on Dec. 8 at LSU's Maravich Assembly Center. Event officials also announced the addition of rising U.S. standout Devin Britton, who captured the 2009 NCAA singles title as a freshman at the University of Mississippi.

Williams and Britton join an all-star lineup that includes Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova, Tommy Haas, Liezel Huber and local favorite Chanda Rubin of Lafayette. The 17th annual Advanta WTT Smash Hits is a charity tennis event that raises funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and Baton Rouge area AIDS charities. Captained by King and John, the Smash Hits players will form two teams and play the World TeamTennis format. John will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Haas and Roddick are expected to face off in the evening’s men’s singles showdown.

Reserved tickets are $30, $65 and $100, and are available through the LSU Box Office or by calling 800-960-8587. Tickets can be ordered online at SMASH HITS.

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