The power servers are in town for the U.S. Open, and they’re hitting the party circuit!
As we were going to press Tuesday night, Maria Sharapova was expected to be lifting a glass to Frank Gehry at the Cooper Square Hotel. Both have contracts at Tiffany & Co—Mr. Gehry to design jewelry, and Ms. Sharapova to look pretty wearing that jewelry. We’re not precisely sure what they’ll talk about, but since Mr. Gehry backed out of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project and Ms. Sharapova hasn’t been doing much of anything on a tennis court recently, we’re sure those two have had time to think up some stuff!
On Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, Ms. Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will be at the Bloomberg-inspired pedestrian plaza at 23rd and Broadway, showing off their newest Nike outfits. In the past, these outfits have inspired their share of controversy! Roger showed off his “Darth Federer” look in 2007, donning all black. And then last month, he disastrously showed up in Wimbledon with a chihuahua-size racket bag that was adorned with a little too much gold everywhere. Here’s hoping for a more modest look.
The next day, Mr. Roddick will take the same walk to 53rd Street that Anna Wintour made earlier this week and plop himself on David Letterman’s couch. He’s expected at the W hotel later that night for the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, along with fellow players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Muhammad Ali look-alike; hottie Tommy Haas; surly Australian Lleyton Hewitt; and tennis queen Billie Jean King. Also Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel and chefs from Public, Hill Country and the Stanton Social. Burp!
The parties wind down Saturday night when Mr. Roddick, Serena and Venus and—remember him?—James Blake are slated to arrive on the rooftop at Skyline Studios on the far West Side for a USTA-sponsored shindig. There will be plenty of Heinekens, and last year’s party went late.
After that, what’s there to look forward to?
Ah, yes, the tennis!