Sir Elton John is turning sports coach to lead a team of tennis professionals in a charity match in London.

The Rocket Man hitmaker will face off against a group led by former tennis champion Billie Jean King at the Royal Albert Hall, turning the prestigious concert venue into a sports arena for one night only on 7 December (14).

The longtime pals will coach teams featuring the likes of Kim Clijsters, John MCEnroe, Tim Henman and last year's (13) Wimbledon Ladies' Singles finalist Sabine Lisicki at the Kings' World Team Tennis Smash Hits event.

Proceeds from the sporting extravaganza will benefit the singer's Elton John AIDS Foundation.