Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 9.

"Alexandr Dolgopolov jumps as he returns a shot from Fabio Fognini in a fourth round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dolgopolov jumps as he returns a shot from Fabio Fognini in a fourth round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fabio Fognini hits a shot beween his legs during a fourth round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Fabio Fognini hits a shot beween his legs during a fourth round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Andy Murray falls after playing a point against Milos Ranoic in a fourth round match Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Andy Murray falls after playing a point against Milos Ranoic in a fourth round match Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

" Milos Raonic reacts after defeating Andy Murray in a fourth round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

” Milos Raonic reacts after defeating Andy Murray in a fourth round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Simona Halep reacts after defeating Casey Dellacqua at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Simona Halep reacts after defeating Casey Dellacqua at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Tennis journalist Bud Collins receives the Alan King Tennis Passion Award on Stadium 1 at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Tennis journalist Bud Collins receives the Alan King Tennis Passion Award on Stadium 1 at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Stan Wawrinka returns a shot from Kevin Anderson during the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Stan Wawrinka returns a shot from Kevin Anderson during the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Stan Wawrinka serves to Kevin Anderson during the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Stan Wawrinka serves to Kevin Anderson during the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Stan Wawrinka returns a shot from Kevin Anderson during the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Stan Wawrinka returns a shot from Kevin Anderson during the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer walks out of the tunnel before playing Tommy Haas at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer walks out of the tunnel before playing Tommy Haas at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Tommy Haas returns a shot from Roger Federer at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Tommy Haas returns a shot from Roger Federer at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Tommy Haas plays Roger Federer at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer serves to Tommy Haas at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves to Tommy Haas at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer serves to Tommy Haas at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

I don’t have much time to post, but here are the highlights from yesterday at Indian Wells. 

Nadal, Fish among many stars to appear at 2011 ‘Taste of Tennis’ event in New York City.

"Rafael Nadal poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Tommy Haas poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011.

"Fernando Verdasco poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mikhail Youzhny poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Janko Tipsarevic and his wife, Biljana Sesevic, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Gilles Simon poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"James Blake poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis eventl at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Vera Zvonareva poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mardy Fish and his wife, Stacey Gardner, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

After a bit of last minute planning, I got to shoot the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in Manhattan last Thursday night on behalf of the very hip tennis fashion and style blog, Tennis Served Fresh. An opening celebration of sorts as we gear up for the 2011 US Open, Taste of Tennis brought the world’s best tennis players and chefs together for a night of cooking, partying, and plenty of photo opps. Be sure to check TSF for a full report of the night’s activity.

This was the first time I’ve shot a red carpet event, although this carpet happened to be green. It was exactly like what we see on television at these types of occasions: hordes of photographers packed together like sardines for two hours screaming at famous people to look their way. 

I was beat by the end of it, but it was extremely exciting to be there. It’s exhilarating to be so close to so many tennis players my own teammates and I have watched throughout the years. 

Thank you to Nick McCarvel for allowing me to shoot for him, and to Ben Snyder for making the connections!

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