Billie Jean King made history 40 years ago when she beat Bobby Riggs in the famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match. Next month, Elton, her Mylan WTT Smash Hits co-host, and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick hope to even the gender score when they take part in a celebration of the original showdown to raise funds for AIDS charities.
In a press release, Elton and Andy announced they will square off against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in a Battle of the Sexes celebrity doubles match to open action at the 2013 Mylan WTT Smash Hits on Sunday, Nov. 17, 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, John and King have teamed for the WTT Smash Hits, which has raised more than $11.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and various local AIDS charities since 1993.
This year's 21st annual event will benefit the 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 two teams will play a Mylan WTT match which includes one set each of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. Isner and Roddick are expected to face off in a pivotal men's singles showdown.
Tennis action is set for 6 p.m. Eastern 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.
Team Billie Jean topped Team Elton last year in Pittsburgh, 19-17, in overtime.
For information on group tickets or tickets to the VIP Reception and Auction please call 407-574-2599. Tickets to the tennis match range from $50-$125 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
A number of discounted travel packages are available at www.orlandogaytravel.com/smashhits or by calling 321-800-3947.