Serena, Liezel to Compete for AIDS Charity

Two of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's top players will join an all-star team at an event hosted by Elton John.

Published October 22, 2009 09:27

Serena, Liezel to Compete for AIDS Charity
Serena Williams

Serena Williams and Liezel Huber, ranked No.1 in singles and doubles, respectively will take part in a benefit in Louisiana during the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's off season to raise money for AIDS charities. Williams and Huber will join Anna Kournikova, Andy Roddick and a number of current and former tennis stars at the Advanta WTT Smash Hits on December 8.

Sponsored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the fundraiser is set to take place on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge and will be co-hosted by Elton John and Billie Jean King. John is scheduled to take part in a celebrity doubles match that will open the LSU event. At the event, players will form two teams and play the World Team Tennis format, which consists of six sets, including one set of men's and women's singles, one set of men's and women's doubles and two sets of mixed doubles. The team with the most games wins the event.

Williams, Huber and company will be joining an all-star lineup of tennis greats at LSU, including former world No.1 Lindsay Davenport and men's former world No.2 Tommy Haas, amongst others. In addition to raising funds for the EJAF, the event raises funds for Baton Rouge area AIDS charities.

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 here. VIP ticket packages are also available through the Pennington Family Foundation for $1,000. These tickets include exclusive VIP courtside seating and admission to the Smash Hits VIP Reception and Auction which will be attended by John, King and all players.

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