The 66-year-old King’s tennis playing days are over, thanks to knee replacement surgery. But she’s excited about getting to watch the lineup coming to Baton Rouge on Dec 8th., a city she played an exhibition match in 20 years ago. That list includes Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Anna Kournikova, Tommy Haas, Lindsay Davenport, Liezel Huber, Devin Britton and Louisiana’s own Chanda Rubin. Next season Martina Hingis is rumoured to be joining the WTT league.
“I love Chanda,” King said. “She’s given back so much; I’m so glad she’s going to be part of Smash Hits. It’s just a great lineup … one of the best we’ve had in years.”
The players will form the two teams captained by King and John, who will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event.
Prior to the match, special VIP ticket holders can meet King and John at a reception and silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the $1,000 per person get-together benefit local AIDS charities.