How does the number one women’s player in tennis prepare for the last Grand Slam of the year? So far this week, Serena Williams has belted out some tunes, broke some windows and served meals with some of the best in New York.
Fresh off her latest tournament win in Cincinnati, Williams has kept busy in New York City with a little tennis activity and a lot of off court events that might make next week’s U.S. Open seem tame.
First up on Wednesday was the Delta OPEN Mic a karaoke event where Serena and other celebrities tried their best to sing like the pros. Williams was joined by fellow tennis player Jack Sock, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, comedian Kathy Griffin, Katrina Bowden from 30 Rock, Glee’s Darren Criss and celebrity fitness trainer Shaun T.
Serena started the night with a rousing rendition of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friends, a Marilyn Monroe classic. Delta OPEN Mic was a private karaoke event to celebrate America’s Grand Slam and call attention to Williams cover profile in Sky magazine.
Then Thursday night started with Serena stopping by The Late Show with David Letterman to play tennis with the host on West 53rd Street. Even in high heels, Williams was quite at ease rallying back and forth with Dave.
The appearance was capped by Serena hitting a tennis ball into and shattering a window at Rupert Jee’s Hello Deli. It might have been special effect glass, but it was impressive looking.
Next up was the 15th Annual Taste of Tennis Gala in mid town Manhattan where tennis stars mingle with guests while sampling dishes prepared by New York’s top chefs.
Williams was joined by Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Sloan Stephens, the Bryan Brothers, Aga Radwanska, Dustin Brown, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Jack Sock among others.
The spotlight was on Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef who prepared some special dishes with the help of Serena Williams. The event’s proceeds went to City Harvest.
The U.S. Open starts Monday, August 25th as Serena Williams goes for her 18th Grand Slam trophy.