Smash Hits Heads to Pittsburgh

Pro tennis returns to Middle States next week, and the tennis isn’t the only thing getting the players excited to be involved.

The 20th annual World TeamTennis Smash Hits charity night of tennis, featuring legends and future stars of the sport, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16 inside Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Since 1993, Smash Hits has raised more than $10.5 million for EJAF.

Longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King are teaming up for the event once again — each captaining one of two teams that will compete in World TeamTennis-format scoring. The teams will feature both tennis greats and future stars, including Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Christina McHale, Mark Knowles, Taylor Townsend, Jan-Michael Gambill and Samantha Crawford.

Tickets for Smash Hits are on sale through TicketMaster. World TeamTennis is also providing a free, live stream of the action.

“It is always such a pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John in an official release.  “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all other tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Pittsburgh area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”

For photos and more coverage of the event, check out the Middle States Facebook page.

For more info on Smash Hits, visit

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