"More than 20 years ago when we started Smash Hits we envisioned an event with a global presence," said King. "Now with the support of Mylan and the continued commitment from Elton and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, we are able to expand our reach and bring this wonderful evening of tennis to a new audience."
Elton remarked, “Everyone knows I love tennis, and Mylan WTT Smash Hits is always such a great day. I thank our sponsors, Mylan, Billie, and all our friends in the tennis world who are supporting us. We believe that together we can all help create an AIDS-free future, and proceeds from the London event will help us get closer to realising that goal, by giving access to life saving treatment to more people living with HIV in Africa.”
“Our partnership with World TeamTennis is founded on a shared commitment to overcoming barriers to access, whether it’s helping kids or adults engage in team athletics or setting new standards in health care through our dedication to providing 7 billion people with access to high quality medicine,” said Mylan CEO Heather Bresch. “As the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to represent a global problem, now affecting approximately 35 million people, we are proud to continue to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities through this exciting – and now global – event, and work with these passionate organizations to help end this disease.”
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John to host the Mylan WTT Smash Hits event on finals day of the Statoil Masters,” added Jan Felgate, Tournament Director of the Statoil Masters Tennis tournament. “The line-up is fantastic, and with money raised going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, it promises to be a very special evening.”
Tennis action is set for 6 p.m. and Team Elton has the edge in the overall series 11-10 after defeating Team Billie Jean in Orlando, Fla., in 2013.