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On the scene: The Taste Of Tennis 'Party With The Pros' bash

Professional tennis player John Isner (L) and General Manager at Langham Hotels International Limited Francois Luiggi attend Taste of Tennis Week: Party With the Pros at Langham Place on August 23, 2014 in New York City
Photo by Brad Barket

To help kick off one of the world’s most celebrated tennis tournaments, the US Open, the Langham Hotel of Fifth Avenue hosted a private cocktail soiree called "Party With The Pros" presented by Taste Of Tennis that featured an array of celebrated tennis stars in the luxurious Measure Lounge. Of course, Examiner.com was on the scene yesterday on Aug. 23, 2014. Upon arrival, the guests were greeted with crisp, white wine and the handcrafted cocktail of the night, The Matchpoint, which consisted of a savory and refreshing Limoncello base, orange juice, lemon juice, and freshly cracked pepper over ice.

There was an assortment of cuisine that touched all corners of the globe. The self-serve selection included Moroccan flavored lamb chops served with cucumber and mint yogurt, kangaroo and beetroot burger sliders, along with a sushi bar complete with wasabi peas and freshly pickled ginger. Hors d'oeuvres were also served to guests throughout the evening, including beetroot ravioli with heirloom tomato and mango salsa and warm corn cakes served with a Siracha mayo sauce.

The renowned tennis stars individually made their appearances throughout the night with the first appearance being made by Victoria Azarenka. The intimate setting provided guests the chance to get up close and personal with the tennis stars complete with photo opportunities. Sloane Stephens' arrival promptly followed. “I’ve been coming to this event for a couple of years now, and it’s really great. The Langham Hotel is my favorite,” commented Sloane. The final appearance of the night was made by John Isner.

Trendy, low-key electronic music played by a live DJ set the tone of an upscale yet relaxed ambiance. Elegant touches of tennis details could be found throughout the venue. These included arrangements with custom pink tennis balls entwined with ivory orchids in glass vases. The bartenders and servers had white sweatbands on their wrists and foreheads with their classic all black outfits giving the event an athletically playful touch that Saturday evening.