About the event:
Tennis legend Billie Jean King and music superstar Sir Elton John are teaming up for their annual charity event — the 18th annual WTT Smash Hits presented today at the Bender Arena at American University in Washington, D.C.
King and John will each serve as captains. As if their presence wasn’t enough– tennis champs Andre Agassi and his tennis darling wife Stefanie Graf, Anna Kournikova, Martina Navratilova, Eric Butorac, Jan-Michael Gambil, Mark Phillippoussis, Rennae Stubbs, and more will be playing in the World TeamTennis format. Last year the event raised $640,000 for the Elton John AIDA Foundation and AIDS charities serving the Greater Baton Rouge area. Smash hits has raised more than $9 million since 1993.
I’ve been a tennis player all my life, picking up a racket and competing in my first tournament “The Little Mo” (named after Maureen Connoly Brinker) when I was just 8-years-old. I competed in USTA tennis tournaments all around the country, even winning a State Championship in doubles with my twin sister, and ultimately playing for a Division I college on a full scholarship. I worked diligently, sacrificed, and trained extremely hard to achieve my goals. Tennis has taught me life lessons that I will never forget. I love tennis and owe so much to this gentleman’s sport– although love means nothing to a tennis player 😉
I cannot believe that some of my idols growing up like Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova will be here in Washington, tonight at American University! I met Navratolova once at a tennis tournament in Texas (I was the ball girl), and she was so nice. She even offered for my sister and I to run around the indoor track with her for her warm up workout. So there we were, two 11- year-old girls running around a track with one of the most prolific and legendary players of all time.
And then there’s Agassi.
The bulldog. His speed, intensity, determination, and undeniable raw talent made him my favorite male player of all time. I especially rooted for him when he went up against boring and bland Pete Sampras (although unfortunately Pete got the W more times then Agassi in their matches.) I read Agassi’s book “Open” front to back in two days. And became an even bigger fan. He opened up (no pun intended) completely in this autobiography, holding nothing back and chronicling his life journeys. If you haven’t already read it, and are a curious tennis fan, then I highly suggest this read. You can read my previous blog post about Agassi and his autobiographical book here.
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