OK, here is my whole experience from volunteering at the WTT Smash Hits event Tuesday night. I am copying/pasting from my other MB. And it's pretty long
Ok, I wrote a few months ago that Billie Jean King and WTT were doing their annual Smash Hits charity event at my university on December 8 and that I was going to try to volunteer. Well, I got in touch with the woman who organized the volunteers and I got a position working as an intern for the media relations coordinator, Rosie. That was perfect because I changed my major to media/public relations and this is much needed and valuable experience.
I got a media credential and everything so basically I had almost unlimited access to everything!!
Players committed were:
Chanda Rubin (local girl)
Jan Michael Gambill
So, I come in Tuesday at noon and start working. I hear that Andy, BJK and Elton will be coming in around 2 so I get super excited to see Andy up close
After a few hours I go to change into my volunteer t-shirt. I walk outside to get to the bathroom and I see Rosie... standing with BJK. :lmao: I walk up to Rosie just to tell her where I was going and before I walked off she introduced me to BJK
and she shook my hand! I was grinning from ear to ear
. I walked with them back into the stadium and Billie asked me about school and what I was studying. Oh, she was so nice.
A little later, I am working on credentials in the media room and I told the other assistant that I'd be watching the door in case anybody famous walks by. Mary Carillo
is doing commentary and she walks in and speaks to everyone. I've got my head down and a little while later, I hear that unmistakable, goofy voice say, "Hey everybody." I look up and I see Andy
walking past the door! I literally gasped out loud, held my hand to my mouth and stopped breathing for a few seconds.
I say, oh my God! And run out the door in just enough time to see the back of Andy's head as he's walking to the court. I couldn't stay so I had to go back inside and finish what I was doing. As the day progresses though I see Andy practice. He asked someone, "Hey, how far are we from the bayou?" I yell, "FAR!!" Lindsay
hit with Jan-Michael
, and Liezel
hit with Devin
. I also saw Elton
practice. His boyfriend was walking the dogs around the stadium. Someone had to get the dogs some chicken breasts to eat.
After the two team's press conferences, I had to lead media (which included TTC and CNN!) across to the Stadium Club, where there was going to be a VIP party, photoshoot and live auction with all of the players. I was standing outside the door between press conferences I've got Tommy Haas to my direct left (he is gorgeous in person, btw. I've got Anna K right in front of me. She's very pretty as well. They're all waiting for Team BJK to be done with their presser. But how about this? Serena
was standing RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME! And I didn't even realize it until they were about to walk in the room! :lmao: You guys, I can't even lie. Serena is absolutely beautiful in person. Video and pictures do her no justice. Now you know I am not a WS fan so I can be objective about this. She is not at all fat. Actually, Anna looks skeletal. Serena looks very healthy and in shape. Now that legendary ass of hers.. that lives up to the hype. That thing is huge.
After they walked in the room, I am waiting outside the room once again. I see a familiar blonde walking down the steps. I immediately recognize her. it's Brooklyn Decker
, Andy's lovely wife... whom I totally approve of As she walks near me, I say, "Brooklyn, I loved you on Ugly Betty." She guest starred on the show about a month ago. I wasn't kissing her butt, I thought she was pretty good. :innocent: And she says, "Aww, thank you." She was super sweet as well.
Now after all of that was done, I walked some of the media over to the Stadium Club, and I settle in for the auction. We had big spenders in there!
But what do you expect when those folks paid $1000 just to get in there? Andy sold two 30 minute lessons for $12,000 each. Anna and Serena sold a Super Bowl package for $12,000, and BJK sold her personal Wimbledon Centre Court tickets for the men's and women's 2010 final for $20,000!!!!!!!!
With other things in the auction, they raised a total of $120,000.
To make a long story short, the matches were really fun. My favorite match was probably mixed doubles with Andy/Chanda vs Serena/Tommy. Serena really let Andy have it.
Elton also has some firepower in him :king: The last match was Andy vs Tommy. I was standing about 2 feet from the commentators box with Mary and some oher guy who works for TTC.. I didn't know him. I noticed that they were pretty loud. During the men's match, which was the last one, Andy was serving over on our side. WTT scoring is confusing, but I heard the male commentator say pretty loudly, "OK, Andy Roddick is serving now and he's facing two BPs. Can he save them?" Apparently it was loud enough because Andy heard him, stopped in the middle of the serve and jokingly said, "Can you say that a little louder so everyone can hear you?"
But Andy was pretty pissy at that point. He was getting some bad calls and I heard Mary say he had developed a huge blisters in the middle of his hand which couldn't be wrapped. He was down BP and there was a great rally. Andy let a ball go, thinking it'd be called out but it wasn't, so he lost the point and the game. He was pretty ticked off, tossing his racquet.... I couldn't hear exactly what he was saying to the lines person, although I could hear him mumbling things to her. He wasn't happy.
Later on he said, "I'm hungry.. for some linespeople."
I can tell you this, no one missed one of his calls after that dare they face his scorn.
These were the final scores of all the matches:
FINAL RESULTS – WTT Smash Hits in Baton Rouge, La.:
Pro-celebrity set: Elton John/Serena Williams defeat Andy Roddick/Anna Kournikova 4-3 (does not count toward total match score)
TEAM ELTON JOHN defeats TEAM BILLIE JEAN KING 16-13
Mixed Doubles: Tommy Haas/Serena Williams (Team Elton) def. Andy Roddick/Chanda Rubin 5-4 (Team Billie Jean)
Women’s Doubles: Lindsay Davenport/Liezel Huber (Team Billie Jean) def. Anna Kournikova/Serena Williams (Team Elton) 5-1
Men’s Doubles: Tommy Haas / Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Elton) def. Andy Roddick/Devin Britton (Team Billie Jean) 5-2
Men’s Singles: Tommy Haas (Team Elton) def. Andy Roddick (Team Billie Jean) 5-2
Another thing, the crowd seemed to really like Devin, even though he sucked out there. They were clapping for him until the announcer said, "Come on guys. He's from Ole Miss!". Ole Miss is one of LSU's biggest rivals so the crowd started (jokingly) booing him.
So after it all, I got Andy's autograph on my Andy Roddick commitment poster! The poster I got for my high school graduation!
I also got Rosie to introduce me to Anna. i told her I was in love with her cousin and that he made me a youtube video.
she was super nice as well. All in all, I had a grrrrrrrrrrreat time! Talked to BJK about school, saw THE ass in person, got Andy's autograph, professed my love of Evgeny to his cousin, and got some experience to put on my resume. Yeah, not a bad day at all.
In total, they raised over $640,000