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Elton John Lands Venus Williams for His Annual Charity Tennis Tourney

Image courtesy of WTT.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of WTT.com (via ABC News Radio)

Elton John has landed some big names for this year's edition of Smash Hits , his annual charity tennis match.  Venus Williams and Andy Roddick will headline the event, scheduled for November 17 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Florida.

This is Roddick's ninth time playing at the World Team Tennis event; Williams is playing for the first time since 1997.  Other top tennis stars will be announced as participants in the coming weeks.

This will mark the 21st year of Smash Hits, which Elton co-hosts with his friend, tennis legend Billie Jean King .  Since its inception, the event has raised over $11.5 million dollars for Elton's AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities.  Last year's event in Pittsburgh brought in a record one million dollars.

In addition to Elton's foundation, this year's beneficiary will be the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, which offers community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services.

In a statement, Elton said, "It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King.”  Elton added, "I urge all of the tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Orlando area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”

During the event, Elton and King each captain a team.  Over the years, they've pulled down 10 wins each.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on September 9 via Ticketmaster or at WTT.com.

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