Video & Photos: Laver Cup Promo – Chicago, Illinois.

I’m recently back from Chicago, Illinois (my first time in the city, why did I wait so long?) after shooting a promotional event for the Laver Cup, a newly created professional tennis international competition created last year. After the cup’s initial kickoff in Prague last year, the second installment of the event will take place this coming September in the Windy City.

This was a whirlwind! Our content crew had about for hours to document World No. 1 tennis player Roger Federer, World No. 2 Nick Kyrgios, and tennis hall of famers John McEnroe and Rod Laver as they squeezed in stops at Chicago’s Navy Pier, Lou Malnati’s famous Chicago Pizza, the Chicago Bean, the the Chicago Bulls locker room at the United Center to meet Scottie Pippen, and the Chicago Theatre to visit European soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger. Throw in a press conference at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel with NBC Sports Host Mike Tirico and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and you have yourself a full day.

Here is the video piece, which is a great collaborative effort by the staffs at MVT PR, Tried & True TV, 309 Productions, and the Laver Cup. A huge thanks to Drew Carlisle for having me on board to work with the über talented production crew of Lauren Foley, Ian Davidson, Joe Miller, Dustin Berta, and Mark Riedy. And a big shoutout to our producers Kellie Morgan and Prue Ryan for making it all come together!

I’ve also included some still frames I was able to fire off in between shooting video clips. 

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 10.

"Alexandr Dolgopolov serves to Milos Raonic in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dolgopolov serves to Milos Raonic in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Milos Raonic hits a backhand against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Milos Raonic hits a backhand against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Alexandr Dolgopolov and Milos Raonic laugh at net after Dolgopolov defeated Raonic in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dolgopolov and Milos Raonic laugh at net after Dolgopolov defeated Raonic in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Dominika Cibulkova hits a forehand in a quarterinal match against Li Na at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Dominika Cibulkova hits a forehand in a quarterinal match against Li Na at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Li Na hits a forehand against Dominika Cibulkova in a quarterinal match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.

“Li Na hits a forehand against Dominika Cibulkova in a quarterinal match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"A fan reads the newspaper during a match between Dominica Cibulkova and Li Na Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“A fan reads the newspaper during a match between Dominica Cibulkova and Li Na Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans cheer during a match between Roger Federer and Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Fans cheer during a match between Roger Federer and Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rod Laver attends an International Tennis Hall of Fame ring ceremony for inductee Charlie Pasarell at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Rod Laver attends an International Tennis Hall of Fame ring ceremony for inductee Charlie Pasarell at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson to advance to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson to advance to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

It was kind of a lack-luster day for photos on-court yesterday. It was mostly the standard forehands and backhands. Hoping for more excitement today!