Roddick, Courier and Celebrity Chef Highlight New York Open’s Return
Tournament week begins on February 9, with New York Tennis Expo followed by Opening Night, featuring International Tennis Hall of Fame members and former world No. 1-ranked players, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier, and the Taste of New York Open starring celebrity chef David Burke
In less than two months, the eyes of the professional tennis world will once again turn to New York as the New York Open returns for a second memorable run in the metropolitan area. With a field full of top players in the sport, including the No. 6-ranked player in the world and defending champion, Kevin Anderson, top-ranked American and No. 10-ranked player in the world, John Isner. The ATP Tourâ€™s only United States indoor championship event promises to once again be one of the most-talked about weeks on the New York sports calendar.
The 2019 New York Open will be contested at NYCB LIVE â€“ home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum â€“ from February 9-17, 2019. The full ATP Tour field of 28 singles players and 16 doubles teams will include top-ranked ATP players like Anderson and Isner, 2018 finalist Sam Querrey, as well as ATP Newcomer of the Year, Alex de Minaur, and Long Island native, Noah Rubin (No. 131).
On the doubles side, No. 1 ATP-ranked doubles player Mike Bryan is reuniting with his brother Bob, the No. 6-ranked player, bringing the sportâ€™s greatest doubles team to the New York area. Second-ranked ATP doubles star, American Jack Sock, will also be in the field, plus de Minaur, who is also playing doubles with the worldâ€™s former No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam champion, Lleyton Hewitt. Both Sock and de Minaur will compete in the singles field as well.
â€œThe team has done a great job securing several of the worldâ€™s top-10 players in singles and doubles and attracting legends who will also play in the main doubles competition,â€ said Josh Ripple, Tournament Chairman and co-Tournament Director of the New York Open. â€œQuite frankly, thereâ€™s nothing like a major, world-class sporting event in New York, and we think the play on the on-court will surpass what was an exceptional competition in 2018. The New York area tennis community was very supportive when we moved the event here last year from Memphis, and weâ€™re looking forward to presenting even greater value to fans and sponsors in 2019.â€
This yearâ€™s New York Open will kick off in a big way on Saturday, February 9 at 10:30 AM when the New York Tennis Expo returns. More than 4,000 fans attended last yearâ€™s free mini-tennis festival, which showcases tennis, sports and recreational exhibitors, sports symposiums, the New York Open Official Draw Ceremony, and a chance for spectators to see first hand the tournamentâ€™s signature black courts as well as practice sessions featuring ATP pros.
Later in the evening will be the New York Openâ€™s second annual Opening Night. This yearâ€™s edition showcases a new tennis and culinary platform called the Taste of New York Open â€“ a mash-up event of ATP tennis stars and celebrity chef David Burke. Chef Burke, a two-time James Beard Foundation winnerÂ as â€œBest Chef in New Yorkâ€ will be demonstrating his culinary talents alongside co-hosts and Hall of Famers Andy Roddick and Jim Courier. Additionally, Chef Burke will be curating immersive VIP culinary experiences for tournament week throughout the venue, including general concessions, as well as hospitality areas.
The 6:00 p.m. Taste of New York Open event will have upwards of 250 tickets available for purchase to the public. Following, Roddick and Courier will take to the black courts to face off in an exhibition match. Two of the most accomplished stars in American tennis history, Roddick and Courier combined for five Grand Slam titles, 55 ATP Tour singles titles, and nearly $35 million in career earnings during their careers.
â€œWe are thrilled to have two American tennis legends â€“ Andy and Jim â€“ with us to start the week,â€ said Brett Yormark, CEO, BSE Global. â€œWhen GF Sports and BSE Global agreed to relocate the ATP event to Long Island and the newly renovated NYCB LIVE a year ago, our goal was to create a perfect marriage between the venue and the event. Heading into our second year, weâ€™re excited about what the New York Open has become.â€
Added Roddick: â€œI canâ€™t wait for this world-class Taste of New York Open event with David, ahead of my match with Jim. This just showcases the type of atmosphere around the New York Open that has made it a destination in just its second year.â€
In addition to the New York Tennis Expo, Opening Night and the Taste of New York Open to start the week, there will be a number of other events that will provide no shortage of entertainment for fans attending throughout the tournament. The Wolf Pack Ninja Tour, featuring many of the worldâ€™s elite
ninjas who are dedicated to help kids fight childhood obesity through fun and engaging activity, will be set up for the entire tournament run in the Exhibition Hall â€“ adjacent to the Coliseum.
Other platforms such as College Night Tuesday will celebrate one of the New York areaâ€™s top menâ€™s college players playing in the main draw. Jack Lin, of Columbia University won the first annual New York Open Collegiate Wildcard Tournament, and he will now have a berth to play on the black courts with the pros.
â€œLong Island has a rich sporting tradition and in just two years, the New York Open has quickly become a part of it,â€ said Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive. â€œWe are thrilled to welcome some of the best tennis players in the world back to the beautiful Nassau Coliseum. Fans in this area will once again be treated to the best the sport has to offer â€“ both on the court, and off of it.â€
As part of Wolf Pack Ninjaâ€™s involvement at the New York Open, there will be demonstrations, clinics, meet-and-greets and autograph sessions, with nationally-known ninjas. Fans will have the chance to see what Wolf Pack Ninja is all about â€“ including free programming for fans that purchase a tennis ticket. There will be exclusive experiential offerings that are affordably-priced during the finals weekend of Feb.Â 16-17.
â€œBetween the tennis, the culinary events, and having the Wolf Pack Ninjas on site, the New York Open is going to be a hot ticket this February,â€ said Peter Lebedevs, co-Tournament Director of the New York Open. â€œWeâ€™re excited to once again offer fans top-notch tennis, as well as a quality experience.â€
Tickets for the 2019 New York Open are on sale and can be purchased via either newyorkopen.com/tickets or nycblive.com/events, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum box office, or by calling 800-745-3000.