Famed event combines cuisine with tennis stars and celebrities
  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photos courtesy of Citi Taste of Tennis


Citi Taste of Tennis NYC made its exciting return to New York ahead of this year’s U.S. Open, bringing back the premier food and tennis experience to New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The event brought together accomplished chefs and some of the world’s top pro tennis players to celebrate tennis. This year marked the 22nd anniversary of AYS Sports Marketing’s creation of this one-of-a-kind event.

Citi Taste of Tennis NYC was headlined by Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka, and two- Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit. The event offered a fun filled evening for foodies and tennis fans alike. New York City is the fifth and final stop of the 2022 Citi Taste of Tennis season, following successful events in Indian Wells, Miami, London, and Washington, D.C.


Citi Taste of Tennis NYC included an unforgettable evening of sampling fine food, sipping signature cocktails, and mingling with some of tennis’ biggest stars.  

Citi Taste of Tennis featured a diverse lineup of chefs including:

►Emma Bengtsson – Aquavit

►Anastacia Son – Kumi New York

►John Mooney – Bell Book Candle

►Kerry Heffernan – Grand Banks Oyster Bar and Galley

►Chef Jassi Bindr – Amrina the Woodlands

►Franklin Becker – Press Club Grill

►Chris Scott – Butterfunk Biscuit Company

►Alfred Portale – Portale Restaurant

►Fany Gerson – La NewYorkina

►Sujan Sarkar – Baar Baar

►Hari Nayak – SONA

►Bao Bao – Baoburg

►Admir Alibasic – Admir Alibasic

►Michael White – The Lambs Club

►Chef Shorne Benjamin – Saint Lucia

►Ali Ghriskey – Pine & Polk

►Oscar Gonzalez – Hard Rock Cafe

►Cedric Tovar – Lotte Palace

►Chef Omar – Jamaica Tourist Board

►Chef Derrick – Jamaica Tourist Board

►Shinichoro Noguchi – Nikutei Futago

►Sunbong Lee, Sunchol Lee – Yakiniku Futago

►Belinda Bishop – Flavours of Grenada

Entertainment included music provided by DJ Mad Linx, with fine wines courtesy of Catena Zapata, and specialty VOSS cocktails. Chef Bengtsson hosted an exciting on-stage cooking demonstration which dazzled the crowd.

The event benefitted the New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL).

“It takes an army to put these events together and we have to take a moment to thank Citi, our title sponsor, along with all the other incredible sponsors who contributed so much to this unforgettable experience!” Citi Taste of Tennis wrote on Facebook. “Cheers & thank you!”