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Isner, Bartoli Join Roddick, Williams in Orlando; More

September 25, 2013 03:44 PM
Isner, Bartoli Join Roddick, Williams at Orlando Mylan WTT Smash Hits

Mylan_smash_hits_orlandoSome of tennis' biggest names and brightest stars are heading to Disney World.

Top-ranked American John Isner, 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and rising U.S. stars Vicky Duval and Taylor Townsend have been added to the lineup for Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO. 

They join a field that also includes former world No. 1s Andy Roddick and Venus Williams. The annual charity event is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King and will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

Over the past two decades, Mylan WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $11.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year's 21st annual event will benefit EJAF and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. A portion of the funds raised at the pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will be specifically targeted for local programs. 

The event will feature a Mylan WTT match with two teams captained by King and John. Tennis action is set for 6 p.m. ET with the pre-match VIP Reception and Auction kicking off at 4:30 p.m. King and John have split the two-decade series with 10 wins each.  King's squad bested Team Elton last year 19-17 in overtime.

All seats are reserved and range from $50-$125. Order tickets through www.WTTSmashHits.com or ticketmaster.com. For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call (407) 574-2599.

Florida South Treasure Coast Kicks Off USTA Jr. Team Tennis Season

treasure_coast_WWDOPPlayers, parents and pros turned out to kick off the fall season of USTA Team Tennis for the South Treasure Coast League (Greater Stuart area) on Sept. 21, 2013, at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, Fla.

Green Dot and Yellow division players participated in evaluations, match play, and received USTA gifts in celebration of Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play.

The league is sponsored by East Coast Tennis Foundation, Inc., a USTA Community Tennis Association and a member of the USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning Network. The league is coordinated by June Martin, and matches are held on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

Team tennis brings youth together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18 & Under, 14 & Under, 12 & Under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.

Parents interested in registering children before the Oct. 5 start date can contact June at (214) 502-2482 or jttsouthtc@hotmail.com.






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