Atlanta tennis champ to face Roddick at Elton John’s AIDS fundraiser at KSU

John and Billie Jean King will host the star−studded tennis event Oct. 12 at KSUs Convocation Center.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Sep 22, 2008) — Atlanta tennis star Donald Young will battle Andy Roddick at the Advanta World TeamTennis Smash Hits event Oct. 12‚ at Kennesaw State University's Convocation Center.

Young will join tennis superstars Roddick‚ Martina Navratilova‚ Anna Kournikova and others for the 16th annual celebrity fundraiser hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King. The star−studded charity tennis event benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund. Advanta WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $8.5 million since 1993.

Longtime Kennesaw State University supporter Bobbie Bailey is co−chair of the event. Charlie Hendon and Sacha Taylor are also serving as co−chairs. VIP tickets will cost $350 and include courtside seating and admission to a reception with live and silent auctions.

"We hope to raise as much money as we can for the charities‚" Bailey said. "Sir Elton John does a wonderful job with his foundation supporting those with HIV and AIDS‚ funding prevention efforts and trying to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against HIV− and AIDS−affected individuals."

The afternoon of tennis will include singles‚ doubles and mixed doubles action played using the World TeamTennis co−ed team format. The players will form two teams‚ with one team captained by John and the other by King. John‚ an avid tennis fan‚ will kick−off the event in a celebrity doubles match.

"Kennesaw State is the perfect venue for this tournament‚" Bailey said. "It's a beautiful campus that's flourishing‚ and the university has the most wonderful facilities."

The sports world took notice of Young when he won the 2005 Australian Open junior title at 15‚ and then became the youngest year−end world No. 1 in the ITF junior boys' rankings at 16. Young's growing list of titles also includes the 2007 Wimbledon Junior Championship and he added two singles titles in 2007‚ winning both an ITF Futures and Challenger event.

Reserved seat ticket prices range from $70 to $110; general admission tickets are $39.50.

For VIP tickets‚ call 404−653−0240 or go to For general admission tickets‚ call 1−800−514−3849 or go to


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