Citi Taste of Tennis 2019
On Thursday, August 22, Citi Taste of Tennis celebrated their 20th anniversary. As a premier lifestyle event on the tennis tour, Citi's Taste of Tennis has been offering foodies and tennis fans amazing experiences of incredible cuisine prepared by top local chefs and "served" by the top pro tennis players for 2 decades.
The tennis world gathered at the iconic Cipriani in New York City to kick off the 2019 U.S. Open. The evening featured gastronomic dishes from the New York’s leading chefs and appearances by beloved tennis stars, who took time from their busy pre 50th US Open Championship game schedules to meet, nosh and greet fans.
Also making an appearance at the event was Tennis Royalty: Venus and Serena Williams traded in their tennis gear for a chef's apron and kitchen utensils as they showcased a friendly onstage cook-off. After a close contest, the sisters "tied" for best dish. But The biggest surprise of the night was when Former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson showed up. Mike was there to promote his most recent venture of a new line of CBD-enhanced beverages under the name DWiiNK.
The event was the perfect blend of tasting plates, signature cocktails, and bouncing beats (provided by DJ MadLinx).. But it also had an underlying cause: the smash up of US Open tennis stars and celebrity chefs was a benefit for New York Junior Tennis & Learning. NYJTL is dedicated to developing the character of young people through tennis and education by offering All NYJTL community and after-school programs at no cost to young people in all five NYC Boroughs. .
Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John Isner, Coco Gauff, Andy Roddick, Milan Tyson, Gaël Monfils, Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime, Marc Murphy, Belinda Bencic, Abi Spears, Vania King, Jamie Loeb, Monica Puig, Donna Vekic, Bethanie Mattek Sands, Kristi Ahn, Danielle Collins, Mike Tyson, and Alexander Zverev.
Richard Blais (Juniper and Ivy), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto), Sujan Sarkar (Baar Baar), Edward Lee (Milkwood), Chef Bao Bao (Boaburg), Lamar Moore (The SwillInn), Rory MacDonald (Chanson Patisserie), Kerry Heffernan (Grand Banks), Michael Han (Ortzi), Julian Medina (Toloache), Mina Newman (Sen Sakana), Cedric Tovar (Lotte NY Palace), John Stage (Dinosaur BBQ), Neil Cline (British Virgin Islands), Sani Hebaj (Dabble @ The Conrad), Mike Viola (Boars Head), Anastacia Song (American Cut)
AYS is a woman-owned event management and marketing company founded in 1995. AYS provides customized event solutions and consultation services that help our clients maximize marketing initiatives. AYS also founded and produces the Taste of Tennis, a one-of-a-kind food and tennis experience.
About New York Junior Tennis & Learning
NYJTL is dedicated to developing the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court. All NYJTL community and after-school programs are offered in all five boroughs at no cost. Having served 85,000 youth of NYC in 45 years, today NYJTL is the largest non-profit youth tennis program.