EUGENE, Ore. - Nearly as fast as Roger Federer's serve, the "NIKE Clash of the Champions" sold out in an hour Friday morning as local tennis fans gobbled up more than 12,000 tickets for the March 8 event at Matthew Knight Arena.
Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. and 11 minutes later, only scattered single seats remained. Those sold quickly throughout the remainder of the hour.
Four of the biggest stars from the professional tennis circuit, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, are scheduled to perform at MKA, with a portion of the proceeds from the exhibition benefiting each of the four athletes' charitable foundations. Ticket prices ranged between $25 and $85.
The event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will feature Sharapova and Williams playing a singles set, followed by a mixed doubles set and concluding with a men's singles set between the top two players in the world, Federer and Nadal.
Federer owns a men's record 16 Grand Slam singles titles, including the 2010 Australian Open, while Nadal counts the 2010 French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open among his nine career Slam titles.
Sharapova brings the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open to Eugene, while Williams has captured an amazing 27 career Grand Slam victories - 13 singles, 12 women's doubles and two mixed doubles - including singles titles in the 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon.
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