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Why we’ll definitely be hitting the ASB Tennis Classic this week


Ice cold Moët & Chandon champagne, fresh cuisine and world-class tennis… we know where we’ll be this weekend!

The ASB Classic has kicked off for 2020 and if you haven’t yet picked up a ticket for the remaining sessions (it runs until 18 January), here are just a few reasons why you probably should…


BIG NAMES

If you’re a tennis aficionado, you’ll already know there are some big names in attendance – and if you’re not super into tennis, you’ll probably recognise these names anyway!

On the women’s front, competitors include 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, plus up-and-comers like Coco Gauff and Eugenie Bouchard. In the men’s camp, current world number 5 Daniil Medvedev is in the line-up as is Russian teammate, world number 17 Karen Khachanov. Others to keep an eye out for include American John Isner and crowd-pleasing Canadian (and world number 14) Denis Shapovalov.

In other words, if you want to see some top-notch tennis, you’ll be able to find it at the Auckland Open.


MOET ICE ROCKS LOUNGE AND LONG LUNCH

Back again for 2020, the Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks Long Lunch, taking place this year on January 11, is set to be one of the most luxurious days in the ASB Classic schedule. Held within the luxurious two-level Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks champagne lounge, the lunch will take place on the upper level in the dining and bar space before guests can move downstairs to the poolside seats and big screens to take in all the tennis taking place next door.

Guests will enjoy a menu of delicious cuisine, heroed by fresh sashimi and seafood, all washed down with the new-to-NZ Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé, the world’s first rosé champagne especially made to be enjoyed over ice.

Your ticket to the Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks Long Lunch includes two goblets of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé (you’ll be among the first in the country to enjoy a taste), a long lunch and a ground’s pass to the 2020 ASB Classic on Women’s Semi Finals Day.  For tickets, visit the ASB Classic page on ticketek.co.nz and head to the Special Events tab.

Can’t make it to the long lunch? Guests are invited to experience all the action live at the ASB Classic between 6 January 2020 -18 January 2020 from the Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks Lounge, which can be accessed by all tickets and ground passes. Please note the Moët Ice Rocks Lounge is R18+ only.


GOURMET FOOD OPTIONS

Aside from hitting the Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks Lounge, there are plenty of other food and entertainment options within the grounds of the ASB Tennis Centre to keep even the fussiest eater satiated. Hawker & Roll, the Josh Emett-owned Malaysian inspired street eats crowd-pleaser, would be one of the top billings on our list; sitting on a bean bag in the sun while snacking on a tasty hawker roll (a rolled roti with delicious fillings) and watching a spot of tennis on the big screen is our definition of bliss.

Meanwhile, a new offering this year is Lobster & Tap, a pop-up from the newbies at Auckland Fish Market, which specialises in that summer culinary favourite: the lobster roll. We’ll be enjoying ours with some fries and a flute of Moët & Chandon, of course!

The ASB Tennis Classic runs from 6-18 January at the ASB Tennis Centre, 1 Tennis Lane, Parnell (just off Stanley Street). For ticket information, head to asbclassic.co.nz/tickets; for Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks Long Lunch tickets, head to the ASB Classic page on ticketek.co.nz (you can find tickets on the Special Events tab).


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