New York, N.Y. (September 25, 2013) – 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. 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 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. Robert and Tricia Earl are the local hosts.
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.
Isner, ranked No. 16 in the world, has won seven singles titles on the ATP Tour. Isner was part of tennis history at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships when he played the longest professional tennis match in history by defeating Nicolas Mahut in 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days of play. Isner, the current 2013 season aces leader on the ATP World Tour, is expected to battle another big server Andy Roddick in men’s singles at Mylan WTT Smash Hits.
Bartoli surprised many in the sports world with her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships as the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman triumphed with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sabine Lisicki. She had previously advanced to the Wimbledon final in 2007 where she lost to Venus Williams. The world No. 7 has won eight singles and three doubles titles on the WTA Tour.
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.