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17th Annual Taste of Tennis NYC to Feature Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Tennis Legend Rafael Nadal, Presented by Olive Oils from Spain
Taste of Tennis NYC marquee culinary demonstration to feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal
JULY 2016 NEW YORK, NY – Taste of Tennis, the World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience produced by AYS Sports Marketing, is excited to announce that this year’s marquee Taste of Tennis culinary demo will feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal. This unforgettable experience is made possible by Olive Oils from Spain, the world’s leading olive oil producer and exporter. Tickets are on sale now through the official website, http://www.tasteoftennis.com.
Olive Oils from Spain is the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, that has been created to increase the consumption of Olive Oils from Spain worldwide. The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional is a non-profit organization established by the entities representing the different operators in the olive oil industry (olive growers, cooperatives, factories, bottlers and exporters) with the aim of serving as an industry improvement tool. Rafael Nadal, is their ambassador thanks to the collaboration agreement signed between the athlete and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
In addition to Rafael Nadal, expect to see at the Taste of Tennis the likes of Simona Halep, the always entertaining Gael Monfils, Legend Billie Jean King, America’s Top Tennis player John Isner and always a favorite Sloane Stephens, along with several of your favorite chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Jonathan Waxman and Floyd Cardoz showcasing their culinary skills on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7pm-10pm, with returning DJ Mad Linx. With an array of amazing food, this one-of-a-kind experience features a variety of themed lounges, signature cocktails and guest DJ segments by professional athletes.
On Friday, August 26th, Taste of Tennis Pavilion, hosted by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, is coming to the Mylan WTT Finals. This interactive culinary experience will feature cuisine prepared by top local restaurants, handcrafted cocktails and a variety of exciting VIP experiences including photo opportunities and meet and greets with some of your favorite tennis players. Following the Pavilion is the Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge which kicks off the Mylan WTT Finals where 4 celebrity chefs step out of the kitchen and onto the court in an exciting tennis exhibition on center court!
Sponsors include: Lifeway Kefir, Jamaica Tourist Board, Russian Standard, Olive Oils From Spain, Government of Spain | Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Bulldog Gin, Saddlebrook Resorts, ChefWorks, Modern Luxury Manhattan, and Outside the Ball.
For more information or to purchase tickets to The Taste of Tennis MasterClass, The Taste of Tennis Gala or the Taste of Tennis Pavilion please visit www.TasteOfTennis.com. All media invitation and hard press inquiries please contact Ashli Urquhart at Ashli@theteslagroup.com.
- August 17-25th The Taste studio appearance featuring various chefs & athletes (Media requests)
- August 24th Taste of Tennis Master Class (Private Event)
- August 25th World TeamTennis and Billie Jean King reception 5-7pm (Private Event-Media Invite)
- August 25th Taste of Tennis Gala 7-10pm (Public Event)
- August 26th Taste of Tennis Pavilion-Celebrity Chefs Challenge Hosted By Marcus Samuelson at the Mylan WTT Finals (Public Event)
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ABOUT TASTE OF TENNIS
The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. AYS created the Taste of Tennis in 2000, to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in New York. The event, featuring food prepared by top chefs and appearances by the world’s top tennis players was an immediate hit and has become one of the most anticipated events on the tennis calendar.
Since its founding, AYS has produced the Taste of Tennis in New York for 17 consecutive years. They have also produced the event in Australia 4 times to kick off the Australian Open and twice in Miami. Www.TasteOfTennis.com
ABOUT OLIVE OILS FROM SPAIN
Olive Oils from Spain is the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, that has been created to increase the consumption of Olive Oils from Spain worldwide. Spain, the leader in quality and quantity of olive oil produced and sold, is also the largest exporter in the world. For that reason, we work to ensure that the greatest number of consumers appreciate the quality of our oils, a quality that is linked to their origin in Spain. The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional is a non-profit organization established by the entities representing the different operators in the olive oil industry (olive growers, cooperatives, factories, bottlers and exporters) with the aim of serving as an industry improvement tool.
NY Empire Special Events: Billie Jean King/Virginia Wade Ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Night, More Announced
Billie Jean King/Virginia Wade Ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute To Strong Women Highlight New York Empire Special Events Schedule
Six-Match Home Slate For Inaugural Mylan World TeamTennis Season At Historic Forest Hills Stadium At The West Side Tennis Club Opens July 31
NEW YORK, July 12, 2016—An opening-night celebration of all-time tennis greats Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute to Strong Women and International Night are among the special events on the inaugural New York Empire presented by Citi schedule, July 31 through August 12. The Mylan World TeamTennis squad, coached by Patrick McEnroe, will compete in six home matches at historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.
The highlights of each event night include:
- Sunday, July 31, US Open and WTT Champions King and Wade join the Empire in a pre-match Opening Night Ceremony to launch the team’s inaugural season as it takes on the five-time defending champion Washington Kastles. It is also USTA Eastern night with special discounts for members.
- Monday, August 1, Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and the Philadelphia Freedoms visit.
- Wednesday, August 3, LGBTQ Pride Night, a celebration of this community’s important role in New York City and Mylan WTT, in partnership with Athlete Ally (www.athleteally.com) and The LGBT Community Center of NYC when the Empire take on the Springfield Lasers. The Stonewall Chorale will sing the National Anthem.
- Tuesday, August 9, Former World No. 1 and Marquee Player Andy Roddick joins the Empire in his first appearance ever at Forest Hills Stadium in a rematch with the Kastles.
- Thursday, August 11, King heads Salute to Strong Women, a panel discussion with women who make New York great, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, athletes, business and philanthropic leaders and representatives from Barnard College and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York sharing their stories for an inspiring evening prior to the Empire’s matchup with the Orange County Breakers.
- Friday, August 12, International Night, in which the Empire and fans will celebrate Queens, the team’s home town and the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, as they battle the San Diego Aviators in the final home match of the season. In addition, fans can participate in clinics in several languages, including Russian, Japanese, Spanish and English, prior to the matches.
“Each of our special event dates are celebrations of some of the things that make New York and tennis so great,” said Empire General Manager, Colleen Hopkins. “They also serve as a thank you to fans who have expressed so much support for the inaugural New York Empire season.”
In addition to marquee player Roddick, the Empire’s full season roster also includes New Jersey resident Christina McHale, whose epic second-round matchup with Serena Williams was one of the highlights of the fortnight at Wimbledon. Rounding out the Empire roster are Guido Pella of Argentina and doubles specialists María Irigoyen, also of Argentina, and Oliver Marach of Austria.
Tickets for all home matches are on sale online at www.nyempiretennis.com. VIP ticket packages are also on sale and include Courtside Tables, Front Row Baseline Boxes and Premium Baseline Individual Tickets. VIP packages include access to full food and beverage service, hospitality opportunities with our players and coach, and much more. For full pricing details, general information, or to place an order, email Brian Healey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).
About the New York Empire
The New York Empire presented by Citi will play their first season at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The restored facility will be configured to seat 2,500 for six home matches from July 31 through August 13. Patrick McEnroe will serve as the coach of the Empire, former US Open champion Andy Roddick will be a marquee player on the team, and New Jersey native and one of the top American women, Christina McHale headlines the roster. The Empire roster also features Guido Pella of Argentina, and doubles specialists María Irigoyen also of Argentina and Oliver Marach of Austria. The stadium hosted the US Open Tennis Championships a total of 60 times, first from 1915 to 1920, and then again from 1924 to 1977. In addition, the finals of the Davis Cup were held at the club 10 times, more than any other venue. Currently, the stadium is also used as a music venue for concerts. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Mumford & Sons headline the 2016 Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series.
About Mylan World TeamTennis
The New York Empire is one of six Mylan World TeamTennis teams that will compete in the innovative professional team tennis league for the King Trophy, the championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.
|(June 23, 2016) Tennis superstars and celebrities from the worlds of sport, lifestyle and culture came together at The Roof Gardens, Kensington for one of the most anticipated parties of the summer: the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.|
Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles to serve as presenters at International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction
(April 14, 2016) Andy Roddick defeated John McEnroe 6-3 in the one-set final of the Champions Classic St. Louis Thursday at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, the third event on the 2016 PowerShares Series tennis circuit.
“St. Louis is a great stop for us,” said Roddick after his victory. “This has always been a great tennis town.”
The win was Roddick’s 12th career title on the PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Roddick, 33, has won 12 of 15 career PowerShares Series events since he ended his ATP World Tour career at the 2012 U.S. Open. He dominated the PowerShares Series in 2015, winning a single-season record eight titles. In his debut year on the Series in 2014, he won two of the three tournaments he played. Last Saturday in Charleston, S.C., Roddick won his debut event of the 2016 season with a 6-1 final-round win over Andre Agassi.
Earlier Thursday night, Roddick beat in his former Davis Cup teammate James Blake 6-2 to advance to the final. McEnroe defeated Jim Courier 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal.
“It’s always a pleasure to play James and Johnny Mac is still playing well,” said Roddick. “It’s a blast for me to play these events.”
Each PowerShares Series event features two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set championship match and, for the second straight year, players make their own line calls with assistance of electronic line-calling.
The remaining 2016 PowerShares Series schedule with player fields are listed below and ticket, schedule and player information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com;
April 22 Memphis (Landers Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
April 23 Tulsa (BOK Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
July 17 Newport, R.I. (International Tennis Hall of Fame) – Andy Roddick, James Blake + 2 Players TBA
August 21 Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest University) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish
August 25, 26 New Haven (Yale University) – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, James Blake, Mardy Fish
November 4 Portland, Oregon (Moda Center) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish and TBA
November 5 Denver (1stBank Center) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake and TBA
December 1 Orlando (Amway Arena) – Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
December 3 New York (Barclays Center) – Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
In 2015, Andy Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Mark Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.
(March 25, 2016) MIAMI – Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and top-ranked American John Isner were among the top names selected today at the Mylan World TeamTennis Draft in Miami. Isner returns to the Springfield Lasers while Wozniacki was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms.
The 2016 regular season runs July 31-August 13 with the top two teams advancing to the Mylan WTT Finals on Friday, August 26 at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.
America’s top doubles duo of Bob and Mike Bryan will join current WTA doubles No. 1 Martina Hingis and former world No. 7 Mardy Fish in the lineup for the defending champion Washington Kastles.
Former world No. 4 James Blake was selected by the San Diego Aviators with their marquee round selection. The New York Empire previously acquired marquee player Andy Roddick.
In the Roster Draft, a plethora of fresh faces headlined team selections. After trading up for the No. 1 roster pick, the Empire drafted New Jersey native Christina McHale. Top 40 players Daria Gavrilova, Daria Kasatkina and Guido Pella were selected by the Lasers, Freedoms and Empire.
The Kastles, who have won five consecutive titles, brought back the core of their 2015 championship team. Washington will be looking to rewrite the record books in 2016 by winning a record seventh Mylan WTT title.
A team-by-team breakdown of the 2016 Mylan WTT Draft:
New York Empire
In the New York Empire’s inaugural season, the team started strong by acquiring the rights to seasoned Mylan WTT star Andy Roddick in a transaction with Orange County Breakers prior to the draft. For their first round selection, the Empire went with hometown favorite Christina McHale. In Round 2, New York selected top 40 Argentinian Guido Pella, who will make his Mylan WTT debut in 2016. Rounding out their 2016 roster, the Empire chose two doubles players — Argentinian Maria Irigoyen and Austrian Oliver Marach, both of which will play their rookie season of Mylan WTT this year when the team kicks off their season at the historic Forest Hills Stadium. The Empire will be coached by Patrick McEnroe.
Orange County Breakers
Building on experience, the Orange County Breakers used their first and second round roster picks to bring back up-and-coming American Nicole Gibbs and 2015 Mylan WTT Rookie of the Year Alla Kudryavtseva, who will play their second consecutive season together this summer. In Round 3, the Breakers took American doubles player Scott Lipsky, who will be playing his second successive season in the league, but first with the Breakers. For the last pick of their 2016 draft, the Breakers added American UCLA standout Dennis Novikov, who will be making his Mylan WTT debut in Orange County this summer. Rick Leach will coach the Breakers this season.
With the first marquee selection of the 2016 Mylan WTT Player Draft, the Philadelphia Freedoms selected fan-favorite Caroline Wozniacki. Building their roster, the Freedoms drafted Slovakian Lukas Lacko in Round 1 and Russian teen Daria Kasatkina in Round 2, both of which will play their first season of Mylan WTT. In the third round, Philadelphia top-50 doubles player Fabrice Martin, who will play his first season in the league this year. With their final picks, in Rounds 4 and 5, the Freedoms selected British player Naomi Broady and American Donald Young to set their 2016 team. Josh Cohen will return as the Freedoms coach.
San Diego Aviators
For their marquee selection in 2016, the San Diego Aviators selected popular American and experienced Mylan WTT star James Blake to lead the team. The Aviators then used their first round roster selection to take rising American Shelby Rogers who will be playing her first full Mylan WTT season this summer. In Round 2, San Diego protected Raven Klaasen, who is returning to the team for the third consecutive season. For the third and fourth rounds of the draft, the Aviators added British singles player Daniel Evans and then protected Darija Jurak, who played for the team in 2015. The Aviators will once again be coached by John Lloyd.
The Springfield Lasers are bringing back top-ranked American John Isner, who will be playing his sixth Mylan WTT season. In Round 1 of the Roster Draft, the Lasers brought on Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor, a former Mylan WTT Male MVP. With their second roster selection, Springfield took German Benjamin Becker, who will be making his Mylan WTT debut in 2016. In the final two rounds of the draft, the Lasers added No. 34 Australian singles player Daria Gavrilova and Dutch doubles specialist Michaella Krajicek to round out their 2016 team. John Laffnie-de Jager will return to coach the Lasers.
After protecting the rights to marquee player Martina Hingis, the defending champion Washington Kastles made a strong trade with the Orange County Breakers to move up in the Marquee Round to select Bob and Mike Bryan. With five straight Mylan WTT titles, the Kastles also bolstered their team with the addition of American Mardy Fish. The Kastles Round 1 and 2 roster picks were used to protect 2015 champion teammates Sam Querrey and Leander Paes. Keeping with a lineup that earned them the King Trophy last season, the Kastles protected both Madison Brengle and 2015 Mylan WTT Female co-MVP Anastasia Rodionova to begin their campaign to add another title to their dynasty. The team will be coached by Murphy Jensen.
Team-by-team look at each of the team’s roster, including their coach:
Washington Kastles: Martina Hingis, Bob & Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, Leander Paes, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova. Coach: Murphy Jensen
Philadelphia Freedoms: Caroline Wozniacki, Lukas Lacko, Daria Kasatkina, Fabrice Martin, Naomi Broady, Donald Young. Coach: Josh Cohen
New York Empire: Andy Roddick, Christina McHale, Guido Pella, Maria Irigoyen, Oliver Marach. Coach: Patrick McEnroe
San Diego Aviators: James Blake, Shelby Rogers, Raven Klaasen, Daniel Evans, Darija Jurak. Coach: John Lloyd
Springfield Lasers: John Isner, Daniel Nestor, Benjamin Becker, Daria Gavrilova, Michaella Krajicek Coach: John-Laffnie de Jager
Orange County Breakers: Nicole Gibbs, Alla Kudryavtseva, Scott Lipsky, Dennis Novikov. Coach: Rick Leach
ROUND BY ROUND –
Springfield Lasers: John Isner (protection)
San Diego Aviators: James Blake (designated)
New York Empire: Andy Roddick (acquired via Orange County in pre-draft trade)
Philadelphia Freedoms: Caroline Wozniacki
Washington Kastles: Martina Hingis (protection), Bob & Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish
1ST ROUND – ROSTER
New York Empire: Christina McHale
San Diego Aviators: Shelby Rogers
Springfield Lasers: Daniel Nestor
Philadelphia Freedoms: Lukas Lacko
Orange County Breakers: Nicole Gibbs (protection)
Washington Kastles: Sam Querrey (protection)
2nd ROUND – ROSTER
Springfield Lasers: Benjamin Becker
San Diego Aviators: Raven Klaasen (protection)
New York Empire: Guido Pella
Philadelphia Freedoms: Daria Kasatkina
Orange County Breakers: Alla Kudryavtseva (protection)
Washington Kastles: Leander Paes (protection)
3rd ROUND – ROSTER:
Springfield Lasers: Daria Gavrilova
San Diego Aviators: Daniel Evans
Springfield Lasers: Michaella Krajicek
Philadelphia Freedoms: Fabrice Martin
Orange County Breakers: Scott Lipsky
Washington Kastles: Madison Brengle (protection)
4th ROUND – ROSTER:
New York Empire: Maria Irigoyen
San Diego Aviators: Darija Jurak (protection)
New York Empire: Oliver Marach
Philadelphia Freedoms: Naomi Broady
Orange County Breakers: Dennis Novikov
Washington Kastles: Anastasia Rodionova (protection)
5th ROUND – ROSTER:
Philadelphia Freedoms: Donald Young (exempt)
By Vito Ellison
(March 8, 2016) NEW YORK, NY – The match-functional braid was traded for a sleek shoulder-length ‘do, the intense self-flagellation for ingratiating smiles. Yes, the groundies still stung at times; yes, the serve was still fluid, but as Serena Williams took to the court with Caroline Wozniacki last night in midtown Manhattan, the mood was not combative, it was celebratory.
The ninth edition of the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden segued into the night’s headliners, Williams and Wozniacki, after a stirring opening act delivered by the matchup between World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka and superstar showman Gael Monfils.
Everyone wore their loyalty on their sleeves throughout the evening. The 2-time major champion, Wawrinka, was greeted with polite applause when he entered the arena in a Henrik Lundqvist jersey, before Monfils entered to full-on cheers in the Knicks’ home whites.
Determined to draw more of the crowd to his side, Wawrinka came out firing, engaging Monfils in high-octane exchanges headlined by his renowned one-handed backhand including a winner to take the first break in the match. Monfils, though, would not be denied. At times, he let his (not so) inner clown prince get the best of him, including an attempted header where a put-away forehand into the open court would’ve sufficed, before securing a 7-6 (6) first set.
The rest of the match played out like a competitive friendly between the two Swiss residents (the Frenchman, Monfils, maintains a residence in the country), with Wawrinka setting Monfils up for a couple attempts at show-stoppers that, to the dismay of the Garden crowd, didn’t materialize. Late in the second set, Williams joined Wawrinka while Wozniacki teamed with Monfils for some light-hearted mixed doubles during which Serena jokingly chastised the Swiss that her sister, Venus, would’ve gotten to a shot that he missed. Before Monfils ultimately dealt Wawrinka the 7-6 (6), 6-3 loss, Wawrinka tried to convince Chris Evert to join them on court, but the 18-time major winner was a few steps ahead of him, demurring and holding up her glass of wine.
Where previous editions maintained the facade of full-on competition, this year’s BNP Showdown felt more like a “Night with Serena and Friends.” The first time we saw the 21-time major champion last night she was pitching in on background vocals with a kids’ choir. Then there was the mixed doubles jaunt in a figure-hugging bodysuit that recalled Serena’s late Puma era, before the main event, a “showdown” between the two BFFs and WTA No. 1s.
After decades of watching the younger of the Sisters Sledgehammer sometimes play in front of often ambivalent crowds, it was heartwarming on this March evening to see the lovefest between Williams and the crowd. While Wozniacki could count a couple of fans in the near-capacity MSG crowd, the vast majority were here to watch–and celebrate Serena who won the match 7-5, 6-4. She was at turns, gracious, giving tips to a young player during a mid-match interview and gritty, leaving Wozniacki lunging after winners during play.
Amid the smiles and light-hearted attitudes of the participants, there lurked the feeling that the celebration was still a bit muted. There was the lingering feeling that the powers that be, and Serena herself, when signing the contract months ago, might have expected this night would celebrate, not only Serena and her Sportsperson of the Year title, but a Calendar Slam and perhaps an Open-era majors record. None of that mattered though, not for this crowd, not for this night, not for Serena either.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., (February 24, 2016) – The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) will recognize four integral members of the tennis community on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. during the 29th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
The four individuals who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are: Leslie Allen, former ATA, NCAA and WTA champion who earned a No. 17 singles world ranking and is the founder of the Leslie Allen Foundation, Marcel Freeman, former ATP player who trained as a junior at Port Washington Tennis Academy and was a four-time All American at UCLA, Eric Fromm, former ATP player and current president and managing director of Christopher Morley Tennis at Port Washington Tennis Academy and Loretta Van Raalte, founder and executive director of the Jerry Alleyne Memorial Foundation and the former director of tennis for the Hudson Valley Health and Tennis Club.
Proceeds from the celebration will benefit JTF, which provides scholarships and grants for junior and adaptive tennis players throughout the Eastern Section. At the event, two junior players will receive David N. Dinkins Scholarship Awards for their accomplishments both athletically and academically.
“This year we have four incredibly accomplished, deserving inductees who have made significant contributions to Eastern tennis,” Dick Scheer, Eastern Hall of Fame selection committee chairman said. “They will join an impressive group of prior inductees who have also made lasting contributions to the game of tennis.”
Since its inception in 1979, JTF has provided more than $2 million for programs and scholarships in the Eastern Section.