Facebook.com/WTTSmashHitsYou win some, you lose some. Elton John's 20th annual charity tennis tourney, Smash Hits, raised $1 million for AIDS charities on Tuesday -- a new record -- but the pop-rock legend's team wasn't able to pull out a win over that of his co-host, Billie Jean King.
Out of the previous 19 ***** the match has been held, the team captained by John had won 10 *****, while King's team had won nine *****. But after Tuesday's match, things have evened up, as Team Billie Jean emerged triumphant, 19 to 17. Though it was all for charity, Elton still wanted to win; he takes tennis, and competition, very seriously.
"I don't see the point of doing anything in your life at half-measures," he joked, according to TribLive.com. "I mean, when I was a **** addict, I did as many ****s as I could." All kidding aside, the Rocket Man added, "I'm competitive -- in my career, in life because I'm driven and want the best and I still want the best."
In addition to John and King, the charity event also featured Andy Roddick, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Martina Navratilova and Mark Knowles.
On top of the tennis, Smash Hits also featured a silent auction with items like an Elton-autographed piano bench and a tennis session with Navratilova up for grabs. The top item went for 200 grand: two bidders paid 100-thousand dollars each for a package that included tickets to John's Las Vegas show and dinner with Elton and Billie Jean.
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