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Roddick Rocks, Orlando Kids Meet Stars at Mylan WTT Smash Hits

November 19, 2013 12:15 PM
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Back row: Taylor Townsend and Victoria Duval with the Boys & Girls Club kids who participated in the tennis Play Day
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Andy Roddick literally powered Team Elton to a 24-18 win over Team Billie Jean at the Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The event raised $700,000 for AIDS charities and exposing some lucky Orlando youth to future U.S. stars.

Earlier in the day, USTA Florida and Mylan World TeamTennis hosted a free Mylan WTT Smash Hits Kids Play Day, sponsored by Macy's at Macy's Florida Mall in Orlando.

The event featured U.S. up-and-coming tennis stars Vicky Duval and Taylor Townsend, who spoke with children from Boys & Girls Clubs and signed autographs prior to a tennis clinic. Duval had a breakthrough performance at the 2013 US Open, while Townsend is the former No. 1-ranked junior girl in the world. USTA Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The events are open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship.

Macy's provided the children with 40 free tickets to the main event, and approximately 90 children participated in the Play Day event. Each participant also received a free tennis racquet and t-shirt.

"This partnership with Macy's was a huge success," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Orlando area Shelly Licorish. "It allow the children of the Boys & Girls Club to experience up close two professional tennis players and see professional tennis match live. We have not had professional tennis at this level in Orlando for a number of years, so the Mylan WTT Smash Hits was a real treat for all of us, adults as well as kids."

Roddick, now retired from ATP circuit play, was making his 11th event appearance, and beat current tour pro John Isner among his three set victories to help Elton John's "Team Elton" to victory.

"He's phenomenal," John said of Roddick. "We miss him on the tour because he's such a personality. He's doing so well. He came out and did it tonight."

While the tennis vacillated between entertainment and competition, Roddick never lost sight of the finish line for his team, at one point landing a body blow serve to the youngster Townsend during the mixed doubles. Other players in the event included Venus Williams, Marion Bartoli, Robert Kendrick and Jean-Julien Rojer.

The annual event, co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now raised more the $12 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.

Final Results:
 
Team Elton def. Team Billie Jean 24-18

Men's Doubles: Andy Roddick/Robert Kendrick (Team Elton) def. John Isner/Jean-Julien Rojer (Team Billie Jean) 5-4
Women's Doubles: Venus Williams/Vicky Duval (Team Elton) def. Marion Bartoli/Taylor Townsend (Team Billie Jean) 5-2
Women's Singles: Taylor Townsend (Team Billie Jean) def. Vicky Duval (Team Elton) 5-4
Mixed Doubles: Andy Roddick/Vicky Duval (Team Elton) def. John Isner/Taylor Townsend (Team Billie Jean) 5-3
Men's Singles: Andy Roddick (Team Elton) def. John Isner (Team Billie Jean) 5-4

 
 
 
 

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