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Sony Ericsson Open: Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)
All photos by Laine Doss

The Sony Ericsson runs through April 1 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, bringing with it painful traffic jams, celebrity athletes, and a lot of people in it for the oversize tennis balls and Bombay Sapphire Lounge.

Every year, as we stroll the village that takes two months to set up (and one month to break down), we watch tens of thousands of people shopping for visors and sipping champagne, and we ask ourselves: How many people are here for the tennis?

Not that it matters. We have to admit we love hanging out at the various food and drink venues set up for the open. After all, the Super Bowl might be the biggest sporting event in the world, but does it have a Veuve Clicquot lounge, complete with sushi bar? We rest our case.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Israel at the Sandwich Shoppe serves Belgian fries ($5 and $7.75) along with a host of sandwiches.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Christine makes us a Ben & Jerry's cone ($5).

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

The Grill makes beef, turkey, and veggie burgers ($7.50 to $8.50).

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Shelley and Elizabeth mix cocktails at the Champions Club, which features buffet meals for Level 100 and 300 ticketholders.

 

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Carving station at the Collectors Club offers fresh roast beef. There's also a pasta station, ice cream, salad bar, and desserts.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Walk around the tents to find various sponsors with giveaways. Energy Sheets is handing out samples of its sleep and energy products.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Franz makes a pitcher of mojitos for a lucky group ($11 for a single mojito, $38 for a pitcher).

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

The Veuve Clicquot lounge features the luxury champagne by the glass or bottle.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Sushi chefs hustle at the lounge.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Club level suites offer catered foods such as steak and sushi.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

Stone crabs served at the suite.

Sony Ericsson Open:  Food Is Better Than Tennis (Photos)

And let's not forget why we're here -- Venus Williams getting ready to serve.

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