19th Annual WTT Smash Hits

Elton John Pairs With Tennis Star To Raise Money For AIDS Charities

Elton John teamed with former tennis great Billie Jean King to co-host the 19th annual WTT Smash Hits event, which features entertainers teaming with tennis pros of the past and competing and raising money for charity.

The event, which took place at Cleveland’s Public Hall, succeeded in raising $500,000 to be distributed to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

Elton paired with Martina Navratilova to defeat the team of John McEnroe and Amelie Mauresmo in an exhibition match. Additional monies were raised during separate silent and live auctions in which several donated items were sold off including hitting lessons from King, Andy Roddick and Navratilova, a trip to the French Open and autographed Elton John piano benches.