Approach Shots – Judy Murray Q & A Part Three



(September 19, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – During the US Open, Great Britain’s Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray, mother of ATP players Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, sat down to do an interview with Tennis Panorama News.

In part three of our Q & A,  we go off the beaten path and ask the former top Scottish women’s tennis player about tennis and twitter and discuss her famous sweet tooth.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News: Tennis and Twitter seem to go together. Out of all the social media out there tennis players, tennis fans, tennis media have taken to twitter in great numbers

Judy Murray: Yes, I think that’s the great thing about it. It allows you to engage with people who are tennis fans and in a very fun and safe way.

It’s up to you if you want to do it. It’s up to you what you put there. I enjoy it. I reply to a few tweets, maybe not daily, but I try to reply to a few tweets. I’ve actually made a few very good friends on twitter, strangely. You just have to make up your mind how you want to use it. I just think it’s a really good way to engage with fans.

And I think there are people I follow on twitter, they tend to be either people who are funny or people who I get tennis information from or tennis people who amuse me. Or might be people you admire from other sports. Not too many like that but I just like to follow a few people from different walks of life and it’s just quite interesting. I fit’s used in the right way, it can be very creative and it’s harmless. It can be quite addictive. You can spend quite a lot of time on it. In fact when you are over here (United States) my phone bill goes up quite a lot if I’m on it. It’s good fun.


KP: You are known for having a sweet tooth. Do you have favorite pastries, desserts, did you go to Taste of Tennis?

JM: I didn’t go because I wasn’t here (New York City). I would’ve gone if I had been here. I went the one in Melbourne, I really enjoyed that. That was great fun.

I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth.

I like anything that’s sponge (cake) – sponge with icing on it. So I like cupcakes with not too much icing. If it’s too much, it’s too sweet and I can’t eat it all.

I like fresh cream like chocolate éclairs and mille-feuille with fresh cream through it.

A sponge, filled with cream, fresh cream with jam would be my absolute favorite, so it’s not like too sweet. I like a good dessert as well. I like banana and pineapple and chocolate, coconut, meringue. I like caramel sauce.

I could eat most things.


Related articles:

Approach Shots – Judy Murray Q & A Part One

Approach Shots – Judy Murray Q & A Part Two


Jill Craybas To Hang Up Racquet After the US Open


 By Vito Ellison and Josh Meiseles Special to Tennis Panorama News

(August 30, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – For nearly 18 years, Jill Craybas represented the United States on the WTA Tour. Her famous work ethic, charisma and longevity made her an instant fan favorite. At the age of 39, the Rhode Island-native revealed she will be hanging up her racquet following the US Open.


Craybas peaked at a career-high singles ranking of 39, in 2006, and will be best remembered for reaching the Round of 16 at the 2005 Wimbledon Championships after stunning Serena Williams 6-3, 7-6 in the third round.


A NCAA singles champion and graduate of the University of Florida, Craybas’ lone WTA title came at the Japan Open, in Tokyo, in 2002. She also reached the final of the 2008 Pattaya Open, in Thailand, where she fell to Agnieszka Radwanska in a third set tiebreak.


At 5’3”, Craybas was a far more accomplished doubles player during her career. With Marlene Weingartner, she reached the French Open quarterfinals in 2004 and claimed five titles from 2003 to 2012 with five different partners. Her most recent crown came in Bad Gastein, Austria, in 2012, alongside Julia Goerges.


She comes into her final US Open focusing on only doubles, teaming with compatriot Coco Vandeweghe. The American pair are set to face the Romanian duo of Alexandra Cadantu and Simona Halep in the first round.


Craybas recently sat down with Josh Meiseles and Vito Ellison  at Taste of Tennis to discuss her career, most memorable moments and future plans.


TPN: What has been your favorite place to play?

JC: Definitely in the US Open. I grew up only two hours from here so I know a lot of people here and a lot of people come to watch me play. The city has great energy and a great atmosphere so it’s nice to be back.


TPN: We see a lot of players retiring at 28, 29 years old. What’s the secret to your longevity? How do you keep yourself playing at such a high level?

JC: I’ve done a good job of making sure my fitness level is always there when competing

against the younger players , but I do have to say this is my last tournament. I probably

just decided a month ago. I’m really sad and excited.


TPN: How did you decide to hang it up?

JC: It’s a really tough decision to make because it’s been part of your life for so long. But I feel like lately my priorities have been starting to change, I’ve been starting to want other things in my life. I really struggled this past year with my tennis and how I was doing. I started pursuing some other things and started getting interested in other things, but it’s never an easy decision. You never know when you want to stop, but you kind of come to terms with it sooner or later.”


TPN: What has kept you motivated all these years?

JC: I’ve always loved the competition. I’ve always loved playing. I’ve always loved the

game. Loved going out and hitting. Loved going out and competing. Every day I feel like

you’re learning something new. With your losses you learn something, with your wins

you learn something. It’s always kept me really, really motivated. Learning new things and always trying to get better and better. And you hear that from the top players too. They’re always trying to get better and better. Ones that are number one in the world are always trying to get that extra edge.


TPN: A lot of memories, obviously. Are there a few that really stand out?

JC: Definitely when I beat Serena at Wimbledon. Not only was it one of the biggest stages, it was the third round of Wimbledon and was one of the biggest wins of my career. I remember points of that match that even when I lost the point the energy of the crowd was amazing. There were moments when I felt that this is what I play for. The feeling, the energy you get from the crowd, the competition, the amazing points that you have and that was one that really stuck out for me.


TPN: You’re in the (singles) main draw?

JC: I’m not playing singles, I’m hoping to play doubles here with Coco Vandeweghe. She is a really great person I can finish with.


TPN: Do you have any post-career projects you are working on?

JC: I’m taking a photography class online. Doing a little bit of commentating here and there. I’m not sure if it’s something I want to pursue but it’s something I’ve been interested in.


Taste of Tennis Brings Tennis Stars and Culinary Celebrities Together for Pre-US Open Soirée


Serena Williams photo by Josh Meiseles

Serena Williams photo by Josh Meiseles

By  Vito Ellison  and Josh Meiseles Special to Tennis Panorama News

(August 22, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – There are few tennis events that reveal players’ personalities and exhibit their creativity outside the court quite like the Taste of Tennis. An annual pre-US Open event in midtown Manhattan, the Taste of Tennis serves as an amalgam of tennis, fashion and a premier culinary showcase from some of New York’s finest restaurants.


The 14th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis was held Thursday evening with proceeds benefitting the James Beard Foundation, an organization that helps develop the culinary arts. Serena Williams hosted a star-studded event, featuring former ATP Top-10 talents James Blake and Janko Tipsarevic, as well as WTA stars Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams.



ESPN analyst and former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert made an appearance, along with doubles legend Mark Woodforde. Two-time Winter Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan also took part in the festivities.

“I had two or three different sushis, the little slider was good. Very good food,” the always animated Gilbert exclaimed. “This event I think I’ve gone every single year for 15 years and the lady behind it Judy Lerner is good people right there.”

Among the chefs that participated, Top Chef Masters champion Marcus Samuelsson joined fellow alums Harold Dieterle, Dale Talde, Jesse Schenker and Jonathan Waxman. World-renowned chef David Burke was also on hand.


There was plenty of tennis discussion on the red carpet, with Tipsarevic discussing the grind of the ATP Tour and the current state of his game. “You really need to be focused every single day of your life, because you have other younger and better guys who are working to take your spot. I kind of lost my focus a bit and you can see the results. But I’m feeling good now, I’m playing good, it’s not the end of the world and I hope I’ll be back in the Top-10.”


Blake also commented on whether the J-Block will be out in full force at the US Open. “I think they’ll be here. They might not be as big as they used to be, because my friends had to go out and actually get real jobs, so some of them can’t make it out to the day matches. If there’s a night match, there’ll be plenty of J-Blockers.”

The evening also included some breaking news as 39-year-old Jill Craybas, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 39 in 2006, revealed that she will be retiring from professional tennis following the US Open.

“It’s a really tough decision to make because it’s been part of your life for so long,” Craybas said. “But I feel like lately my priorities have been starting to change, I’ve been starting to want other things in my life. I really struggled this past year with my tennis and how I was doing. I started pursuing some other things and started getting interested in other things, but it’s never an easy decision. You never know when you want to stop, but you kind of come to terms with it sooner or later.”

The BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis benefited the James Beard Foundation. The event was produced by AYS Sports Marketing.



Top Chef Alumni Reunion at 2013 Taste of Tennis


(August 21, 2013) NEW YORK, NY- As the culinary world meets the tennis world for the 14th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis on August 22 at  the W Hotel  there will be a special  mini reunion. Among the more than 20 chefs participating in the event, some will be alumni from the Bravo network television show Top Chef.

The winner of the first season of Top Chef Harold Dieterle told Tennis Panorama that he is looking forward to the event: “None of my fellow chefs from Season 1 are participating, but I’m excited because I know that Top Chef has seen so many great chefs come through as contestants. Given that there are so many Top Chef alums cooking at Taste of Tennis, I know I’ll be in great company.”


“I enjoy participating in cooking events with other chefs,” noted Top Chef Masters season three veteran Floyd Cardoz. “Having chefs from Top Chef Masters and Top Chef is always fun as you all have gone through the wringer with the show. Being able to cook with these chefs is always fun as we don’t always get to hang out together.”


Taste of Tennis demonstrates the connection between tennis players/fans and “foodies.” Some of the Top Chefs spoke about it.


“There’s no doubt that the two worlds overlap a lot,” Chef Dieterle said. “I think it’s no surprise that you’d see many of the same people in the sidelines at a tennis match that you’d see at a table at some hot restaurant; both can certainly cater to glamorous crowd.”


Dale Talde from Top Chef season 4 agreed: “I think the tennis culture goes hand in hand with food. People in tennis seem to appreciate nice food.”

Some of the chefs we contacted talked about their funniest moments during their respective seasons.

Jonathan Waxman from the first season of Top Chef Masters said “making the world’s ugliest wedding cake which the bride just adored!”

“In one of the episodes we did not have much time to shop,” noted Chef Cardoz. “I went to the second level of the store and was trying to get to the down escalator. Unfortunately it was not the down escalator but the one coming up.  I kept on trying to push the cart onto the escalator. After struggling to get on for 5 minutes, two young girls came up to me and explained to me that I was on the wrong escalator. I have never felt dumber in my life! Thank God it didn’t make the show!”


“The most memorable experience was having to learn to be open-minded and cook with all of these crazy ingredients they were throwing at us,” confessed Chef Dieterle. “Like Spam? I’d never cooked with Spam. But I had to drop all of my preconceived notions and get creative. It was definitely memorable—really teaches you to think on the fly.”


“You know, before going on Top Chef, I’d been living alone for almost 10 years. All of a sudden, I had to learn to live in a house with a bunch of other people. That brought with it many funny moments—you put a group of strangers in a house and make them spend all of their time together for weeks on end, and funny things happen. It’s safe to say I was one of the quietest people there, but I definitely saw a lot of silly times in that house.”


Chef Talde’s bed was misplaced in season. “One time after a 24 hour challenge, my bed accidentally got moved into another room. When I came back to the apartment, I just couldn’t find my bed.”


But for all of the chefs who participated in Top Chef, their appearance on the show changed their lives.


“It was a great springboard for exposure and to really get my name out there, which was invaluable when I opened Perilla in 2007,” said Chef Dieterle. “But I think so many people do Top Chef and then don’t go back into the kitchen—I was so excited to get back to the restaurant kitchen after the show.”


“I never realized how much I affected people until after the show,” explained Chef Cardoz. “I do get recognized a lot more.  I was in Mexico this year and someone stopped me at the hotel I was staying at. I always make it a point to be nice to anyone who gets the courage to stop me.”


The BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis takes place on Thursday 22, 2013 at the W Hotel NY from 7pm-10pm and will be hosted by No. 1 player Serena Williams. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation. The event is produced by AYS Sports Marketing.

Follow Tennis Panorama’s live coverage from the event on twitter @TennisNewsTPN


Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News


A Perfect Match – Taste of Tennis to Benefit James Beard Foundation

(August 19, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – This year when top chefs, tennis players and other celebrities take to green carpet at the W Hotel in New York City and then prepare food for Taste of Taste tennis they will be raising money to benefit the James Beard Foundation.

Most people know the James Beard Foundation as the organization whose awards are the “Oscars of the culinary world.” In addition to the awards, the foundation located in West Greenwich Village also gives our scholarships to students.

“Our foundation has been awarding financial aid to deserving students since 1991, since then we have awarded more than 4.6 million dollars in financial aid,” said James Beard Foundation Susan Ungaro.

James Beard was an American chef and food writer who is credited with bringing French cooking to the masses in the 1950’s  He established an identity of American gourmet food. He authored over two dozen books and has a foundation that bears his name. He has been called the “Father of American Gastronomy.”

“James was the first food personality to be on television even before Julia Child,” Ungaro said.

“James Beard was quite philanthropic,” Ungaro continued. “He co-founded City Meals on Wheels.

“James Beard would have been humbled that there’s a foundation as a tribute to his leadership in recognizing the fact that all Americans should cook in season, enjoy fine dining but also understand sustainability and eating local as well.”

It seems a natural fit that Taste of Tennis should raise money for a foundation which helps to develop the culinary arts.

AYS President and CEO Penny Lerner discussed how the two entities came together: AYS (who is the producer of the Taste of Tennis event) also does marketing and consultation, away from our life as the Taste of Tennis. Actually one of our clients Rums of Puerto Rico, I’ve negotiated a deal with the James Beard for the past 6 years to be one of the lead sponsors of the James Beard Awards. They are the highest honor of food and beverage professionals in North America they are the Oscars of the food industry. The actual awards which are in May. Some of our clients have been part of the James Beard Awards and I have been running the account for them and learning a lot about James Beard and the foundation and the awards and the impact they make on the culinary world and we started to see how they are viewed, and how they view themselves. We thought that this is a perfect match for us since they are the bar of excellence in the culinary world. Bringing the two together hits a nice international front.”


“They approached us through our director of sponsorship,” said Ungaro. It seemed like a natural to join Taste of Tennis in New York tied to the US Open and there’s a foundation, the James Beard Foundation which awards  scholarships and recognizes the best of the best of the food industry and we’re a non-profit  so  I think they just thought it was the year to reach out and work with a  culinary foundation as part of their taste of tennis celebration.”

With world No. 1 and defending US Open champion Serena Williams as this year’s  host of Taste of Tennis, it will mark the first time a tennis player will serve as the host of the event.

“It’s the first time that a tennis player is actually hosting the event,” Lerner said. So this is a new experience for us and for her and we’re glad she came last year and had a great time and wanted to come back and be the host of it. We’re super excited.”

“Players seem to be wanting to do more things than just come to the event, they seem to be wanting to participate more. With the higher level of chefs and the higher interest of tennis players we can do more creative things on the sponsorship side and just the event side in itself.”

So what would James Beard who passed away in 1985, think about Taste of Tennis:

“He would be thrilled,” Ungaro said. “Clearly he would be somebody who also cared about teaching. He wrote over 2 dozen cook books and he taught cooking classes here in the Village  for years and I know he would also be very excited by the fact that Taste of Tennis would be raising money four our foundations scholarship mission.

The BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis takes place on August 22, 2013 at the W Hotel NY from 7pm-10pm. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation. The event is produced by AYS Sports Marketing.


Chef and Tennis Fan Harold Dieterle Talks Taste of Tennis

Harold Dieterle

Harold Dieterle

(August 15, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – The last tennis major of the year, the US Open is less than two weeks away. Before “showtime” at Flushing Meadows begins, there is a whirlwind of parties and events in New York City. One of the very special pre- US Open events is the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis – where the tennis world meets the culinary world to raise money for a philanthropic cause.  This year’s Taste of Tennis is the 14th edition of the event with a special host – world No. 1 tennis player Serena Williams.

Among the chefs participating in this year’s Taste of Tennis is Harold Dieterle.  Originally from West Babylon, on New York’s Long Island, Dieterle, who was the first winner of the Bravo television network’s reality series Top Chef owns three restaurants in New York City – Perilla (2007), Kin Shop (2010) and his most recent start-up The Marrow (2012).

Dieterle’s call to a culinary career began at a young age. “I was always around food. I was always interested in watching my family cook.”

“I was a pretty terrible student in high school and cooking was the very first thing that really focused me.”

Tennis Panorama News caught up with Chef Dieterle who is also a big tennis fan and a weekly player. He spoke about the connection between tennis players and “foodies.”

“There’s no doubt that the two worlds overlap a lot, Chef Dieterle said. “I think it’s no surprise that you’d see many of the same people on the sidelines at a tennis match that you’d see at a table at some hot restaurant; both can certainly cater to glamorous crowd.”

Dieterle will be making his debut appearance at the Taste of Tennis. So what made him decide to participate? “I’m a big tennis fan,” he said.  “I’ve been playing since high school, and I love to get out and hit when I have the time.”

“I’m really excited to do it. I’m a fan of cooking and tennis so it’s a perfect match.”

What do tennis players have in common with chefs? “Stamina – being able to pace yourself and not wear yourself out,” said Dieterle.  “And chefs by nature like (tennis) players are very competitive.”

Asked about which players might make good chefs he said: “I would love to cook with Rafael Nadal. I’m sure I would I would have some pretty good food.”

When asked to compare his cooking style to that of a player, past or present the chef said: “I’m a finesse guy, so I would have to say John McEnroe and I’m also left-handed.”

“I also like to bark a little in the kitchen, but the bark’s bigger than the bite.”

He compared the opening of a new restaurant to winning a tennis major: “The opening of a restaurant can be compared in the tennis perspective to one of the grand slam tournaments, especially in New York. You’re getting in front of crowds, getting a ton of pressure with everybody coming in and you are working crazy hours where the kitchen “stamina” comes into play.”

As of now Dieterle plans to make a special “light and fresh” scallop dish for the event.

The BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis takes place on August 22, 2013 at the W Hotel NY from 7pm-10pm. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation. The event is produced by AYS Sports Marketing.

Follow Chef Dieterle and his restaurants on twitter – @HaroldDieterle , @PerillaNYC, @KinShopNYC and @TheMarrowNYC. Follow @TasteofTennis on twitter and for more information http://www.tasteoftennis.com/

Karen Pestaina is the Editor-in-Chief of Tennis Panorama


Serena Williams to Host BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis

Smiling Serena Taste of Tennis

NEW YORK, NY – July 10, 2013 – AYS has announced that No. 1 Serena Williams will host the 14th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis.  This unique event  and takes place on Thursday, August 22nd at the W New York.  BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis is AYS’ marquee event and brings together professional athletes, top chefs and luxury brands for an unforgettable evening of gourmet food, interactive sponsor experiences and an exclusive VIP After Party. Serena will be joined by a number of professional tennis players, athletes, and celebrities, each paired with some of the world’s greatest chefs; all cooking for a good cause.


Serena attended the 2012 Taste of Tennis event with her personal chef, Lauren Von Der Pool.   “Eating well is an extremely important part of my health and fitness routine. I had a great time last year and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it again.  I hope to pick up a few new tips from some of the great chefs at the event.” said Serena.  AYS President Judi Lerner added, “We are thrilled to once again, have Serena join us at the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis. This is the first time we have ever asked a player to host the event and we could not ask for a better host.”


Serena will be joined by a number of New York’s finest chefs and culinary personalities, including Jesse Schenker (Recette), Harold Dieterle (Kin Shop, The Marrow, Perilla) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), who Esquire Magazine named as one of the “Most Influential Americans.”


A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits a local charity of choice.  This year’s beneficiary, in addition to a full list of participating chefs and players, will be announced prior to the event.  For more information and tickets to the 2013 BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, please visit www.bnpparibastasteoftennis.com.


Major sponsors for the 14th BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis include BNP Paribas, LYFE Kitchen, Jamaican Tourism, Russian Standard, W New York among others.  For more information and tickets to the 2013 BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, please visit www.bnpparibastasteoftennis.com.



“Taste of Tennis,” the world’s premier food and tennis experience, brings professional athletes, influential chefs, the entertainment industry and global brands together for a unique tasting event with a sports twist.  The ultimate kick-off celebration to US Open in New York City, “Taste of Tennis” is the perfect convergence of sports fans and culinary enthusiasts.  Produced by AYS, Taste of Tennis and its sister event, Taste of Tennis Australia, have become the most widely recognized and anticipated events on the yearly calendar.  Visit our website at www.tasteoftennis.com.

Featured Chefs

  • Peter Andino – Heartbeat
  • Jimmy Bradley – The Red Cat, The Harrison
  • Floyd Cardoz – North End Grill
  • Leah Cohen – Pig & Khao                                         
  • Harold Dieterle – Perilla, Kin Shop, The Marrow
  • Eric Gabrynowicz – Restaurant North
  • Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow – The Meatball Shop
  • Wendy Israel & Angel Elon – Baking by Design
  • Jehangir Mehta – Graffiti, Metaphor
  • John Mooney – Bell, Book & Candle
  • Marc Murphy – Landmarc / Benchmarc Restaurants
  • Jesse Schenker – Recette
  • Jeffrey Seizer – Measure at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue
  • Michael Solomonov  – Zahav
  • John Stage – Dinosaur Bar B-Q
  • Dale Talde – Thistle Hill Tavern, Talde, Pork Slope
  • Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto

Tennis Players and Chefs Serve Up a Feast for Charity at Taste of Tennis


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By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 10, 2013) MELBOURNE, Australia – A service game of a different kind was on the menu for the tennis stars who attended the 4th Annual Melbourne Swisse Taste of Tennis event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Thursday night.


Players joined with chefs from Melbourne’s top restaurants to serve up gourmet treats to A-list guests in the name of charity.


Many top 20 ATP and WTA players featured among the guests at the event which raised money for Diabetes Australia and the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. Top ten players Janko Tipsarevic and Richard Gasquet graced the red carpet, along with other notable players including Marion Bartoli, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Lucie Safarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ivo Karlovic.


Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt paired with celebrity chef George Colombaris to kick off the evening with a special presentation on stage before chefs and players combined to act as food servers, handing out small gourmet delights throughout the night.


Celebrities and chefs began arriving at the venue from 6.30pm sporting a wide variety of outfits based on the ‘elegantly casual’ dress theme. Many of the men came smartly dressed in jeans, while Marion Bartoli and the Rodionova sisters glammed up the red carpet in sky high heels and sleek dresses.


British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray is known to tweet her love of desserts to her 49,000 plus twitter following, and expressed her delight at the event’s offerings. She said “we’ve had a great time because to be able to go around and try small amounts of lots of different things is great. I think the trick is to pace yourself so that you have enough room left for desserts.”


Murray also spoke of her hope for the British girls at the Australian Open starting on Monday and said she is hopeful for a good run from Heather Watson and Laura Robson who have both recently broken into the top 50 singles rankings for the first time.


Swedish doubles specialist Robert Lindstedt enjoyed the social aspect of the evening and said it’s a welcome break from the day to day. “It’s great. It’s nice for the people to turn out where most of the guests are not players so it’s quite nice.” He said that on tour “we enjoy good food. We always try to find maybe not always the nicest restaurants because they’re a bit expensive but we always try to eat well so food like this is what we look for.”


Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic said he loves eating out at restaurants. “It’s something that I enjoy doing and also traveling around the world I have the chance to try different cuisines. But when I’m at home I like a home cooked meal and I’m really lucky that my wife cooks really well so I enjoy that as well.”


Silent auctions were held throughout the night to raise money for the elected charities. Items up for auction included signed memorabilia of international sporting stars such as Tiger Woods, Sebastian Vettel and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as experiences including dining packages and the opportunity to have a personal chef serve you at your home.


The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup were also a popular attraction on the night, with guests lining up for the chance to hold and have a photo taken with the Australian Open championship trophies.

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her persona @JackattackAU.
All photos by Melinda Samson who runs the site Grand Slam Gal. Follow her on twitter @Grandslamgal.

Chef Pierrick Boyer Serving Taste of Tennis Down Under

Pierrick Boyer

(January 4, 2013) The Australian Open is less than two weeks away and with the anticipation of an upcoming major, Melbourne will play host many pre-tournament soirees. One of the very special events will be the Swisse Taste of Tennis – where the culinary world meets the tennis world to raise funds for charity. This is the sister event to the Taste of Tennis in New York which has kicked off the US Open for the past 13 years.

Some of the tennis players scheduled to participate in the event include Lleyton Hewitt, Max Myrni, Tamira Paszek, Ivan Lendl, Lucia Safarova, Casey Dellacqua, Anastasia and Arina Rodionova, Yaraslava Shvedova and Chanelle Scheepers.

Tennis Panorama News caught up with award-winning international pastry chef, Melbourne resident Pierrick Boyer, who will be one of the featured chefs at Taste of Tennis. Boyer has 21 years in the field working with some of the industry’s most internationally renowned chefs.

Boyer has participated in the event four times. “Let’s not forget it’s a charity event and it is one of my favorite events of the year,” Boyer emphasized. “It is fun, there is beautiful food, we talk about sports and there are great people who want to make a difference. I love giving my time for charities, tennis, food and promoting Melbourne.” Boyer is the Head Pastry Chef of Le Petit Gâteau in Melbourne.

“Yes, I am a big (tennis) fan,” Boyer said. “I’ve been to the Indian Wells Tournament, because I lived nearby for five years and, of course, the Australian Open where, luckily, I did some cooking classes for the tennis players. I had the pleasure to meet Aleksandra Wozniak, Arina and Anastasia Rodionova, Gael Monfils and Henri Leconte, Mansour Bahrami, who are fantastic to see on the court. And I used to play years ago,” Boyer said with a smile.

I asked Boyer if he thought there was a similarity between chefs and tennis players, since both have intense training and travel all over the globe. Also many of players seem to be “foodies.”

“I agree,” said Boyer.” We have this in common with some chefs who travel the world and I am lucky I can do this as well, several countries are already scheduled for my desserts making workshops overseas. But the life of a tennis player is hard as well, loads of traveling and that’s a lot of time away from home.”

As far as which tennis players he thinks would be good pastry chefs, he tips Arina Rodionova and Aleksandra Wozniak. “With a bit of practice Arina Rodionova could be because I know she enjoys my pear and almond tart. She had this for her birthday.”

“Aleksandra Wozniak really enjoyed my signature cake, the brownie passion chocolate crunch, at a previous Taste of Tennis event,” Boyer added.

So what inspired him to launch a career in the world of pastry? “At four or five years old, we were living next to a pastry shop at Croissy Sur Seine, near Saint Germain en Laye! And every time my parents were looking for me, I was next door sampling ice creams, cakes, croissants… hahaha.”


As far as what special dish he will be preparing for Taste of Tennis, he saidIt’s a gluten free, dairy free, very healthy dessert.”

It’s a Coconut Quinoa organic blueberry, raspberry, coconut crumble. Boyer told me to enjoy it with Gold Label 2011 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.

The Swisse Taste of Tennis takes place on January 10, 2013 at Grand Hyatt Melbourne from 7pm-10pm with an after party at Silk Road Melbourne. Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://www.swisseactivetasteoftennis.com.au

The event benefits the charities Diabetes Australia-Victoria and National Institute of Integrated Medicine (NIIM), which will receive 100% of the proceeds raised.

Follow @tasteoftennisau for more information and follow Pierrick Boyer on twitter @PierrickBoyer or his website http://www.pierrickboyer.com/.


Karen Pestaina is the woman behind Tennis Panorama News


On the Green Carpet – Bryan Brothers, Serena Williams attend Taste of Tennis

NEW YORK, NY (August 23, 2012) – On Thursday at the W Hotel on 49th and Lexington, tennis players and chef walked the “green” carpet to participate in the 13th annual Taste of Tennis, sponsored by BNP Paribas. The evening raised funds to benefit the New York Junior Tennis League.

The Bryan Brothers and “Just Desserts” host and “Top Chef” judge host Gail Simmons played hosts for the event.

First Mike Bryan, then Bob Bryan spoke to Tennis Panorama about their careers, Bob’s baby Micaela and cooking at the event.

Mike Bryan Bob Bryan on TOT Green Carpet


Janko Tipsarevic spoke to Tennis Panorama about how these type of events help to promote the players and the sport of tennis.

Janko Tipsarevic at Taste of Tennis

All photos provided  and used with permission by Taste of Tennis and Getty Images

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