Six-time Grand Slam title winner Serena Williams
will play an exhibition tennis match against comeback star Jennifer Capriati
on Friday, Sept. 17, at the Alltel Pavilion at the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is presenting the event as part of Anthem LIVE!
, a fund-raising event to benefit VCU's Massey Cancer Center. The format of the match will be the best two out of three sets.
"Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati are two of the biggest stars in the tennis world right now," Tom Snead
, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Southeast Region, said in a statement. "To have them come to Richmond on the heels of the Olympics and U.S. Open to help support the Massey Cancer Center and its fight against cancer is itself phenomenal. It shows these two women are superstars off the tennis courts as well as on."
One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will go to the Anthem Cancer Research Endowment Fund at Massey Cancer Center. Last year, Anthem LIVE! featured Jay Leno and raised more than $500,000 for the fund.
"Massey is honored to be the beneficiary of Anthem LIVE! and this celebration of life," Gordon D. Ginder, M.D.
, director of Massey Cancer Center, said in a statement. "Because of this kind of support from our community, Massey can attract some of the nation’s leading physicians and scientists specializing in research and care. Our goal is to develop and deliver the best possible treatment and prevention available, and ultimately find the cure for cancer."
Williams received the 2003 Celebrity Role Model Award for her work with cancer awareness. After an eight-month layoff due to knee surgery, she won her third straight crown in an unprecedented 50 minutes at the WTA event in Key Biscayne, Fla., on April 3. She was ranked No. 1 among the 2003 Top 10 Most-Marketable Female Athletes by Sports Business Daily.
Capriati achieved fame in 1990 when, at the age of 14, she became the youngest player to be ranked in the Top 10. A year later, she was the youngest player to reach the semifinals at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. In 2002, Capriati received the ESPY award for Comeback Player of the Year and the U.S. Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year award after winning the Australian Open Grand Slam title for the second consecutive year.
Both Williams and Capriati have won the Laureus Sports Award for Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2002 respectively.
Tickets for Anthem LIVE! will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 20, and will be available through all TicketMaster outlets. Ticket prices will range from $15 to $100. In addition, box seats will be available by calling Massey Cancer Center’s development department at (804) 828-0034. The price of box seats for six is $2,500 and for eight is $3,000.