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On August 23, Citi Taste of Tennis, a premier culinary and tennis event, will bring together some of the world’s top tennis players and New York’s award-winning chefs for a thrilling evening celebrating food and tennis. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with top tennis players while sampling gourmet bites and hand-crafted cocktails from New York’s best chefs.

The event includes a live culinary demonstration from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and 2017 tennis champion, Sloane Stephens, alongside tasty dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, themed lounges, and beats by DJ MadLinx.

The fun continues with Citi Taste of Tennis After Dark, a delectable dessert-tasting experience in the Citigold Lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ticket holders can enjoy trendy treats from vendors like Moffle Bar, The Little One, Rebecca’s Cake Pops, American Cut, and Oceana Restaurant, alongside hand-crafted cocktails, and the company of top tennis players who also have a sweet tooth. 

“We are so excited to bring Taste of Tennis back to New York City for the 19th year in a row,” said Penny Lerner, CEO of AYS.  “There is no better place to celebrate summer, the tennis season and food culture than in New York City. We’re enhancing this year’s event with a new venue and will continue to cement its legacy as one of the leading sports and food events in New York City.”

“We’re thrilled to return as the title sponsor of Citi Taste of Tennis New York and we’re looking forward to its new location this year,” said Will Howle, President of U.S. Retail Banking and Mortgage at Citi. “Our customers tell us they look forward to it each year – that it’s a must-attend event for fans of world class tennis and foodies alike.”

The event, produced by AYS, will be held Thursday, August 23 from 7-10 pm at Cipriani (110 East 42nd St. New York, NY 10017). General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased at www.tasteoftennis.com/nyc.

This year's star-studded athlete lineup expected to attend includes:

►Venus Williams              

►Sloane Stephens           

►Bob and Mike Bryan

►​Hyeon Chung                  

►John Isner                       

►​Bethanie Mattek-Sands

►Caroline Garcia              

►​Feliciano Lopez              

►Kevin Anderson

►Gael Monfils                   

►Nicholas Kyrgios            

►Alexander and Mischa Zverev


The menu of notable chefs and restaurants scheduled to appear include:


►​Masaharu Morimoto –Morimoto            

►​Shorne Benjamin – St. Lucia’s Master Chef                    

►Nicole Gajadhar –Saxon & Parole

►Michael Han – Ortzi                                   

►Kerry Heffernan – Grand Banks                                            

►Catherine Medrano – The Regency Bar & Grill

►John Mooney – Bell, Book & Candle        

►Mina Newman – Sen Sakana                                                

►Engin Onural – The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

►Bill Peet – Tavern on the Green              

►Keith Geter  - HGU New York                                                 

►Bill Telepan – Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools

►​Sujan Sarkar – Baar Baar                           

►​Wenford P. Simpson – Walkerswood Caribbean Foods            

►Matt Schindler – Charlie Palmer at The Knick     

►Roxanne Spruance –Kingsley                    

►Juan Tourn – Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse          

►Andy Xu –DaDong

►Greg Rubin – American Cut                       

►Rebecca Clavecilla-Eng –Rebecca’s Cake Pops                         

►Raymond Mohan – Lolo’s Seafood Shack

►Paolo Dorigato – Lugo                               

►Jorge Espinoza – Scarpetta Restaurant                                           

►​Wenford Patrick Simpson – Walkerswood Caribbean Foods

►The Lotte NY Palace

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wellness in the Schools, which inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteoftennis.com and follow #cititasteoftennis on social. Citi Taste of Tennis is pleased to be sponsored by Karma Automotive, Zonin Prosecco, Oban Single Malt Wisky, Dimplomatico Rum, and Voss Water. All media and hard press inquiries please contact TOT@dkcnews.com.