| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Samantha Sklar

AYS, the creators and producers of the Taste of Tennis, the World’s Premier Food & Tennis Experiences, has announced their lineup of one of a kind events leading up to this year’s U.S. Open. From top chefs battling it out on the tennis court, to pro tennis players “serving” incredible cuisine, these exciting events offer something for all tastes. Events include the Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge on Wednesday, Aug. 26, the 16th Annual Taste of Tennis Gala on Thursday, Aug. 27 and Party With the Pros on Saturday, Aug. 29.

“Taste of Tennis is among the most recognizable brands in the culinary and tennis communities,” said Penny Lerner, CEO of AYS. “Each year, our flagship event sells out. To satisfy demand, we have added the Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge and Party With the Pros. Additionally, in 2016, we are excited to announce that we will launch Taste of Tennis Series in key tennis and culinary markets nationwide. It’s an extremely exciting time for us.”

The complete Taste of Tennis Week schedule of events includes:

Wednesday, Aug. 26 ♦ Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at City View Racquet Club, 43-34 32nd Place ♦ Long Island City, N.Y.
Hosted by Top Chef Masters Finalist Kerry Heffernan and SNY Anchor Michelle Yu. At this exciting event, professional chefs will serve up something a little out of the ordinary, as they compete in a round-robin doubles tournament to determine who is the King (or Queen) of the Court! Guests will witness action packed matches featuring Marc Murphy (LandMarc), Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar & Grill), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto) and many other renowned chefs. Guests will also enjoy interactive sponsor activities, and will join the chefs for a delicious post tournament cookout sponsored by Master Purveyors.

Thursday, Aug. 27 ♦ Taste of Tennis Gala, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at The W New York, 541 Lexington Avenue ♦ New York, N.Y.
The party that started it all! To celebrate the U.S. Open, AYS created the Taste of Tennis, a one-of-a-kind event featuring fine food prepared by 25 of NYC’s top culinary minds, signature cocktails, interactive sponsor experiences, live music and appearances by the world’s greatest tennis players. Hosting this year’s gala will be former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, headlining Chef Marc Murphy and professional tennis stars The Bryan Brothers. Major sponsors for the 16th Taste of Tennis include Citi, Rado, Jamaica Tourist Board, Lifeway Kefir, Zepp, Master Purveyors Inc., Mouton Cadet and Franciscan Estate Napa Valley, among others. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Chef Eli Kulp, beloved chef of Philadelphia’s High Street Market who was in the process of opening a new restaurant in New York City when he was critically injured in the recent Amtrak train derailment.

Saturday, Aug. 29 ♦ Party With the Pros, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Measure Lounge at Langham Place ♦ New York, Fifth Avenue
Guests at the Party With the Pros will enjoy an evening of incredible hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef David Vandenabeele and signature cocktails, while rubbing elbows with some of the top names in professional tennis. This exclusive event takes place at Measure Lounge in the luxurious Langham Place New York, Fifth Avenue. Availability is extremely limited, so get your tickets now! Confirmed players include Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and John Isner.