Sean and Ana Wolfington hosted the launch party for the Tennis Ap at their Key Biscayne home along with the Bryan Brothers, the #1 ranked tennis team in the world. The Bryan Brothers performed a song that was dedicated to Andre Agassi, their mentor. Wayne Bryan, the twins father was the MC and Grammy nominated artist, Adreana Lucia, performed 4 of her latest hits live for the exclusive audience of 300 during the Sony Ericsson Open.
World’s #1 Ranked Duo Bob and Mike Bryan Host the “Tennis APP” Premiere Party
Sean and Ana Wolfington hosted an event with the Bryan Brothers, the #1 ranked tennis team in the world, to launch the Tennis Ap. The event included a musical performances by the Bryan Brothers and Adriana Lucia, grammy nominated artist. The event went to benefit Ryan Wolfingtons Foundation whose mission is to help at risk youth rise above their limited circumstances to achieve their fullest potential.
The Bryan Brothers, the #1 ranked tennis team in the world hosted an exclusive launch event to debut the “TENNIS App,” the latest application for everything tennis available for mobile phones. The launch coincided with the Sony Ericsson Open and the Bryan Brothers were joined by friends and celebrity guests at the ocean front residence of Sean and Ana Wolfington on Key Biscayne. Guests included top 10 ATP players Robin Soderling and Fernando Verdasco, WTA #2 ranked woman Caroline Wazniaki and top 50 ranked, up and coming American player John Isner.
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WORLD’S #1 RANKED DUO “BOB AND MIKE BRYAN HOST “THE TENNIS APP” PREMIER PARTY
Bryan Brothers and Grammy nominated artist, Adriana Lucia Perform Live
Miami—March 25, 2010—The Bryan Brothers, the #1 ranked tennis team in the world hosted a celebrity-filled exclusive launch party on Wednesday, March 24th to debut the new “TENNIS App,” the latest application for everything tennis available for mobile phones.
The Bryan Brothers were joined by a host of friends and celebrity guests at the private ocean front residence of Sean and Ana Wolfington on Key Biscayne, Florida, in celebration of the anticipated release of this ground breaking mobile technology in what many are calling “the new internet.” Guests included top 10 ATP ranked men’s players in the world Robin Soderling and Fernando Verdasco, WTA #2 ranked woman in the world Caroline Wazniaki and top 50 ranked, up and coming American player John Isner.
“Mike and I are thrilled to help launch The TENNIS App. We’re excited to give our friends, family and all lovers of the sport a mechanism where they have access to everything tennis,” said Bob Bryan. “The TENNIS App combines our passion for the sport with our favorite gadgets, and is an incredible tennis instructional tool for all types of players. This is also a great way for fans to stay updated on current news and pro rankings.”
During the event, the Bryan Brothers performed their latest music single “Open My Heart,” which was written as a tribute to Andre Agassi and his new book, “Open.”
“Andre is a huge reason why we’re playing the game of tennis today,” said Mike Bryan. “We admire the honesty he displays in his book, and think there are many lessons to be learned from his amazing journey.”
GRAMMY-Award nominated artist, Adriana Lucia, known for her recent album “Porro Nuevo,” gave a special live performance during the event, while guests enjoyed Italian dishes courtesy of Putino Restaurant, owned and created by hotelier Cristoforo Pignata. Additionally, acclaimed artist, Leonardo Hidalgo, painted a portrait of the Bryan Brothers, which will be auctioned off to benefit VegasTennis.com’s Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, which inspires youth through mentoring, tennis and education.
“I’ve long been a supporter of VegasTennis.com’s Marty Hennessy Foundation, and wanted to use this gathering as an opportunity to bring awareness to the great work they do to help at risk youth,” said <strong>Sean Wolfington</strong>. “In the last five years the organization has helped more than 20 children obtain scholarships to college for tennis and academics, and we’re thrilled to support the organization’s future fellows.”
About The TENNIS App:
The TENNIS App is an exciting new application for all phone platforms that brings “Everything tennis” including professional video animation, photographs, textual instruction, live news feeds and rankings right to your hands.
The TENNIS App features detailed instructional content from Bob and Mike Bryan, the number one ranked doubles team in the world, winners of eight grand slam doubles titles and the 2010 Australian Open doubles champions.
The TENNIS App teaches correct technique for every essential shot in tennis. It breaks down the essential components of each shot into bite-sized chunks: split step, first movement, grip change, pivot, load, back swing, acceleration, contact, wrist roll, follow through and recovery. Each phase features looped animation or photos combined with professional instruction from the Bryan brothers and other top pros.
The TENNIS App’s animation control allows you to slow down the action by adjusting playback speed. Users can also pause the lesson, and manually step frame by frame to study every detail. And you are able to automatically zero in on the most important portion of the animation or photo.
If you are left handed, The TENNIS App has the unique ability to automatically flip animations and photos to depict either right or left handed players. The TENNIS App also allows you to stay up to date on the latest tennis news from trusted sources and provides the current ATP and WTA rankings.
About the Bryan Brothers:
58 Titles on the ATP Tour, including the 2003 French Open, the 2005 & 2008 US Open, the 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2010 Australian Open and the 2006 Wimbledon Doubles Championships – - – a Career Grand Slam and they are only the third team in the Open Era to achieve that feat.
#1 in the world in doubles in five of the past seven years – - – the first team to ever achieve that; 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, and #2 in 2004 and 2008.
The Bryans were the first doubles team in the Open Era to reach seven straight Grand Slam Finals (’05 Australian, French, Wimbledon, US Open, ’06 Australian, French, Wimbledon).
They have represented the United States in two Olympics, reaching the quarter finals in Athens in 2004, and winning the Bronze Medal at Beijing in 2008.
They are not only committed to doing charity work and events for their own Bryan Brothers Foundation, they also support the Elton John Aids Foundation, the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, the Andre Agassi Foundation, the Andy Roddick Foundation, the James Blake Foundation, the Mardy Fish Foundation, the Pam Shriver Foundation, WECANN supporting Abused Children, the Cystic Firbosis Foundation, the VCJTA, the SBJTA, EPATT, the Stanford Tennis Teams, the UCSB Tennis Teams and Cal Poly Tennis Teams.
In addition, they also make several appearances across the country and around the world for charitable and special tennis events with their musical group, the Bryan Bros. Band. They currently have a new CD out titled Let It Rip.
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Need a Tennis Fix? There’s an App (and a Party) for That.
It may be Friday and you’ve got nothing but weekend plans on the brain, but we’d like to direction your attention towards the middle of next week. On Wednesday, March 24, the Magic City will play host to a coming-out party like no other. Coinciding with the start of the Sony Ericsson Open, No. 1 Doubles Team Bob and Mike Bryan, along with Sean and Ana Wolfington will host a soiree to debut “The TENNIS app.” Celebrity guests and pro tennis players will be lining the Key Biscayne bridge to get to this island party where Grammy award-winning artist Adriana Lucia will entertain the crowd. The Bryan Brothers are also scheduled for a little entertaining of their own, when they showcase their newest single and their newest cell phone application for all-things-tennis.
There are a million different reasons why we love to call Miami home. The fact that we live in the place where the rest of the world comes to vacation certainly equates to a whole lot of nonstop fun. On any given night, VIPs and famous faces grace our sunny shores, mandating that the entertainment options and party invites are innovative, shocking, and plentiful.
While this weekend will once again be teeming with enough options to make any socialite’s well-coiffed head spin, such as the Women of Tomorrow Annual Gala at Mandarin Oriental or the Schiopetto and Sandrone presentation dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, for now we’d like to direction your attention towards the middle of next week.
On Wednesday, March 24, the Magic City will play host to a coming-out party like no other. Coinciding with the start of the Sony Ericsson Open, No. 1 Doubles Team Bob and Mike Bryan, along with Sean and Ana Wolfington, will host a soiree to debut “The TENNiS app.”
Celebrity guests and pro tennis players will be lining the Key Biscayne bridge to get to this island party where Grammy award-winning artist Adriana Lucia will entertain the crowd. The Bryan Brothers are also scheduled for a little entertaining of their own, when they showcase their newest single, “Open My Heart,” a tune that was inspired by Andre Agassi and his new book Open.
“Andre is a huge reason why we are playing the game of tennis today,” Mike Bryan commented on a website promoting the event. “We admire Andre’s honesty in his book and think there are many lessons to be learned from his amazing journey.”
With all-things-tennis about to take over the streets of Key Biscayne, the timing of the premiere of “The TENNiS App” could not have been better strategized. The cell phone platform includes pro video animation, live news feeds, rankings, photos, and technique tips.
Check in with the Bryan Brothers for more info on the app and what is sure to be one of the hottest events of the Open.
The Bryan Brothers and the Tennis App Launch Party
Several weeks ago, I attended a party at a gorgeous mansion on Key Biscayne. Held during the weekend of the Sony Ericsson Open (that’s tennis, by the way, not golf…it’s like they give sporting events purposely ambiguous names to confuse people – like, for example, the John Deere Classic, which is golf – and don’t even get me started on the oxymoronic implications of that title), the party was the launch party for TENNiS APP for iPhones. The guests of honor were the Bryan brothers – that is, Bob and Mike Bryan, who are two of the top doubles tennis players in the U.S., and also have a band, which performed at the party.
To be quite honest with you, I completely forgot I attended this party. It was in the midst of SIF (Social Innovation Fund) madness at work, my trip to visit my sister, and my wracking case of bronchitis – I think that in a haze of sleep deprivation, Tussionex Suspension, and mind-numbing federal documents, I blacked the whole thing out of my mind completely. The only reason I remembered recently that I went was because I had photographed the event for the host and hostess, Sean and Ana Wolfington, because something had happened to their photographer at the last minute, and their assistant contacted me asking if they could get a CD with the photographs on it. I thought it would be interesting to put these up to show the contrast between this…and what I usually post. Haha.
I could do a series of ten posts on the décor alone (they wanted me to take pictures of the party set-up so that they could easily re-create it in the future), but I will spare you pages and pages of drool-worthy design, and just put up my favorites. Above is the view from the back patio. That pool is actually a waterfall – isn’t it beautiful?
There were white orchids and lilies everywhere, floating suspended in water in these tall vases. I love the underwater flower concept. (Works better if the flowers are plastic…)
Here is the backyard, facing the other way. Below that upper pool/waterfall is another, larger swimming pool.
Just to prove that I didn’t just steal these pictures off of the Internet! I really was there, I really was…I swear.
Ignore the wrinkles in my dress. Sigh. This was before my dad sent me an iron for my birthday. (Not kidding.)
Beneath the upper pool, the waterfall cascades over a lower deck into the larger pool. On the lawn, they had set up tall tables covered in white linens. Miami is making me have a bit of an obsession with white, I think. Everything is either coastal, beachy, distressed vintage white – all white – or sleek, modern, airy white. I love it all!
This is the back of the house; that is, the part of the house that faces the ocean. Isn’t it a fabulous?
Once the party started – in the evening – the tall, white-linen-covered tables were transformed into over-sized glowing lampshades (they were lit from inside).
This is the first glimpse of the house you see when you first walk in. There is an open stairway above that far sitting room, but I cropped it out because it looked awkward. Sorry.
All of the pictures on the far right wall are sepia-toned photographs of the family. I really like that.
I also really like the dark wood-white fabric and flowers combo. It gives me ideas for things to do to my own apartment…I figure I should probably get all of my white obsession out of my system before I have kids; my parents installed white carpeting throughout our house when they had an infant and a four year old. Things didn’t turn out so well for the carpet.
And here is the dining room, where they kept the food. And oh, my goodness, the food.
The food! I believe these came from George Stone Crab, who delivers fresh crab worldwide (if any of my mid-West readers want to get some of that for themselves!). These were pre-cracked, and so good! Although, it is difficult to peel fresh crab, hold your plate, and your drink, and your purse, and your camera, all at once. Aren’t those white hydrangeas pretty, too?
Yum….am I making you hungry yet? I love love love fresh cracked crab. One of the things I miss the most about (currently) having no money is fresh, good seafood. Mmmm.
Look at those claws!
The party was hosted by Sean and Ana Wolfington (the couple on the far left), and Sean’s twin brother Ryan. The guests of honor, like I said earlier, were the Bryan Brothers. If you want to know more about them, you can Google them. Another part of the night was the auctioning off of that painting that you see behind them. The painting is by artist Leonardo Hidalgo, and was auctioned off to benefit VegasTennis.com’s Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation. (The foundation works to inspire youth through mentoring, tennis, and education, and is co-founded by Ryan Wolfington.)
[Note: Again, please ignore my wrinkles. I can just picture you saying, Geez Louise, who is that wrinkly mess? I was sick, drugged with cough and sinus medication, and had sat in an office all day long! Please don't judge... ]
All my favorite girlies! Tania, on the left, is a Program Coordinator in my office. She does….just about everything related to our youth. Then, second from the left, is me (and my wrinkles). Second from the right is Cristal, who used to work in the Governor’s office with Wendy and now does marketing for Miami-area hospitals. Cristal is a total crack-up, partly because she is so honest – she always makes me laugh. She’s so sweet. And I also love her dress. Camille is on the far left. Camille works with me and Tania. She kind of does a little bit of everything, from HR policy to events coordination to picking up cases of wine for our wine-tasting event . (Wonder if they ever count the bottles after she drops them back off, hmm, Camille?) [Just kidding. ]
This is Maximillian. We actually met several weeks ago at a St. Jude’s Young Professionals event. He works for Jeb Bush’s consulting firm. He’s very smart, and has a dry, droll kind of humor, which makes me a teensy bit uncomfortable because I always feel like I didn’t get the joke. (Which is usually the case.) I don’t exactly recall why we were posing with the palm tree, but it may have had something to do with the raspberry cocktails they were passing around.
Another raspberry cocktail-induced pose, perhaps? (I’m just kidding, by the way. There actually was reasoning behind this pose, believe it or not, I just don’t recall what it was.)
My personal favorite photograph of the night:
Wendy (on the left) helped Sean Wolfington organize this whole shindig. Part of my “duties” was to photograph random party guests. This woman (below) was my most favoritest party-goer. She just looks so darn chic! I loved her outfit, her little red clutch, everything about her, really – and the shoes! The shoes were red and black Chanel spectator ballet flats….ohmigosh. I had to walk away so I didn’t suffer a stroke of severe shoe envy.
The brothers signed the painting before it was auctioned off…
….then I left.
No, I am not joking. They also performed their song, “Open My Heart,” which is tribute to Andre Agassi (my first impression was: Wait…what?), and Adriana Lucia performed.
But I missed all of that, because I was sicker than sick. I was coughing so hard towards the end of the night that I couldn’t stand up straight. (Luckily, it was outdoors, loud, and dark, so this was less noticable – and disgusting – than it would have been if it was inside.) So I finished taking the posed photos that they requested and blew that joint!
In all seriousness, though, it was a beautiful night – beautiful people, beautiful home, beautiful setting. And that is what I will leave you with: