On August 24th, tennis stars John Isner and Lucas Pouille faced off as part of the 4th Annual Brookfield Place Open–but not just against each other. Isner and Pouille played doubles against six rotating pairs of lucky members of the crowd. The crowd was excited to see two of their favorite players engage in friendly matches in advance of the US Open on Monday.
Extending through August 30, The Brookfield Place Open offers the community a chance to participate in the fun of US Open season through adult and kid tennis clinics – along with open court sessions – throughout the week.
Amid rumors of a possible return to The Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin made a surprise appearance with her boyfriend Gary Brody and pup sidekick Bossi Zarin to join in on the fun. She warmed up the court for Isner and Pouille, hitting volleys with her tennis coach. Isner and Pouille joined her on the court along with German tennis professional Anna-Lena Friedsam for a friendly game of mixed doubles.
Isner and Zarin were matched against Pouille and Friedsam for the first game, then the pairs switched for the second game. The third match featured men versus women, with the ladies beating the gentlemen two games to none.
Guests snacked on seasonal cocktails and bites from Brookfield Place’s Tartinery Shack during the matches. The crowd also engaged in various other programming during the event, such as participatory demonstrations and free tennis rackets to the first fifty guests.
All photo credit: Jeremy Gordon