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Midwest Favorite Lauren Davis Joins WTT Smash Hits Field

September 27, 2011 11:09 AM
Lauren Davis
Gates Mills' native Lauren Davis has joined the all-star lineup for WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Public Hall in Cleveland. Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King co-host the one night charity event, which also includes former world No. 1s Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Amelie Mauresmo, along with Coco Vandeweghe and Jan-Michael Gambill.
Davis won events to qualify for the Main Draw of two Grand Slam tournaments in 2011, the Australian Open and the US Open. The 17-year-old American, who turned pro earlier this year, finished 2010 as the No. 3 ranked junior in the world after winning the Girls' 18 singles title at the prestigious Orange Bowl event. She has won four ITF singles titles, including two this year in Atlanta and Buffalo. Since joining the WTA Tour in January 2011, Davis has already climbed to No. 280 in singles.
Tickets for World TeamTennis Smash Hits presented by GEICO are currently on sale. Tickets range from $25-$105 and can be ordered online at www.WTT.com/SmashHits or by calling 866/994-4436. Corner reserved seats are $25, upper reserved seats are $40, and premium reserved are $65. A limited number of courtside seats are available for $105. For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call 212/586-3444.
Individual VIP ticket packages begin at $1,000 and include VIP courtside seating and admission to the Smash Hits VIP Reception and Auction. John, King and all players will participate in the pre-match live auction. To buy VIP ticket packages or for more information on supporting the VIP Reception, please call John Farina at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland at 216/357-2221 or e-mail jfarina@atfgc.org.
WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year’s event will benefit EJAF and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. The funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs. The 2011 event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis (WTT) coed team format. The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. King and John have split the series so far with nine wins each.
GEICO is the presenting sponsor of WTT Smash Hits, which is hosted by Medical Mutual of Ohio. For more information on WTT Smash Hits, visit www.WTT.com/SmashHits.