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CROWN – IMG Tennis Party Melbourne 2020 on the eve of the Australian Open.

Crown Aviary played host to IMG’s Tennis elite on Sunday, January 19th. The all-star line-up included local and international tennis players, celebrities, sporting identities and social personalities at its 21st annual Crown IMG Tennis Party on the eve of the Australian Open. Melbourne’s Crown Aviary on the stunning rooftop created an opulent and decadent atmosphere for all that encapsulated Melbourne’s magnificent city views.

Grigor Dimitrov & Natalia Kalinowski
Jason Sibio and Melissa Singer
Sally Crinis, Anna Heinrich and Lana Wilkinson

The Pre-Australian Open official IMG party included Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Bernard Tomic, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Gael Monfils, The Bryan Brothers, Belinda Bencic, Karen Khachanov, Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and the Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal.

Karen Khachanov
Stan Wawrinka
Belinda Bencic
Bernard Tomic

Nadal told the media – “I’m really excited for the tournament, the one thing I always take home with me from the Australian Open is the love of the people”.

Rafael Nadal

This year’s Moroccan themed party was the most sought-after invitation in town and our favorite stars shone on the red carpet. The guest list included model Jesinta Franklin who said, “it’s quite a miracle that I’m here,” with her and husband Buddy Franklin’s baby due in the coming weeks.

Jesinta Franklin

Other well-known names included, Nadia Fairfax, Lindy Klim and husband Adam Ellis, Anna Heinrich, Lana Wilkinson, Olympia Valance, Tim Kano, Jessie Murphy, Kris Smith, and Ajak Deng.

Jessie Murphy and Lana Wilkinson
Jessica Mauboy
Sarah Boulazeris and Kris Smith
Nadia Fairfax
Olympia Valance

A culinary experience like no other was enjoyed by all with an abundance of food stalls to indulge in including a Moroccan cold mezze table, Marrakech Night Market BBQ, Moroccan pizza oven and a fresh seafood station.  

Leah Jay, Michael Ramsey, Keira Maguire, Effie Kats & Khan Ong
Lindy Klim & Adam Ellis
Candice Wyatt & Ajak Deng

 Free-flowing Piper-Heidsieck champagne, Stella Artois beer and Aperol Spritz cocktails kept the A-list guests hydrated while they enjoyed beats from DJ Kitty Kat and vocals from Ruby Cesan accompanied by Saxophonist extraordinaire, Rob Muir.

Written by Melinda Sullivan

Photography Sam Tabone

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