6 Iconic Tennis Movies Every Fan Must Watch

Compared with basketball and football movies that are popular within the filmmaking industry, tennis movies are rare. But when these flicks are available, they are sure to delight the viewers.

Here are some of the iconic film that every tennis fan must watch and sure to build up the momentum.

1) Battle of the Sexes (2017)

This one’s the most recent tennis film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. It’s a biographical sports story depicting the legendary match between Billie Jean King and Robert “Bobby” Rigg. The movie goes with the tagline ‘He made a bet. She made history.’ King accepted the challenge to play against Rigg on a televised match. The prize money was $100,000. For Riggs, his relevance was on the line. However, for King, her goal was to help in closing the gender pay gap in tennis. It was a social issue in the 1970s that no one seemed to take seriously until later.

2) Love Means Zero (2017)

This movie is an underrated tennis film about Nick Bollettieri, a tennis coach. He was the man behind several tennis champions including Monica Seles, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Nonetheless, the film focuses on the relationship of Bollettieri and Agassi as coach and player within the bounds of his tennis academy.

3) Borg vs McEnroe (2017)

Featuring one of the most enduring rivalries in tennis, the biographical sports film chronicled what went through during their 1980 Wimbledon championship match. Shia LaBeouf played John McEnroe while Sverrir Gudnason played Bjorn Borg. It is an epic face-off of the two players who have larger-than-life personalities that sure to make a clash to remember.

4) 7 Days in Hell (2015)

The film was inspired by the legendary Wimbledon match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner. It happened during the 2010 Wimbledon first-round match. The game went on for a staggering 11 hours and 5 minutes in three days. The movie is a mockumentary of what was considered as the longest match in the history of tennis. The 50-minute comedy film is sure to give the audience some good laughs. And yes, Serena has a cameo. 

5) Break Point (2014)

The film is a feel-good, family tennis movie. The two estranged brothers, who used to play doubles, had to play tennis once more – their last shot to win a Grand Slam. It has an underdog narrative that is undermined by its dry humour. The characters are believable, although the tennis skills are lacking and render the film inauthentic. Other than that, the off-court scenes are great.

6) Wimbledon (2004)

Wimbledon is a guilty pleasure chick-flick, starring Paul Bettany who played Peter Colt and Kirsten Dunst. It follows the romance of a pro tennis player and a tennis starlet. It has some of the great tennis scenes that made the viewers feel like they are part of the match. At some point, one would want to root for Colt to win both the championship and the woman. Tennis legends, McEnroe and Chris Evert, appeared in the movie.

 

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When Love Means Love: 5 Power Couples in Tennis

Love is a major, well at least, for these tennis superstars. Indeed, finding love is a part of the tour. And the best part is—no one’s keeping score when nobody should.

Tennis can be easily considered as the loneliest sport. Unless playing double, the player is usually alone in the court. Although he or she continually travels—tournament to tournament, hotel to hotel—with an ensemble, the entire experience can still get lonely at times without someone to share that experience with. The only person who would understand the predicament is a co-tennis player. 

There are several non-married tennis couples such as Dominic Thiem and Kristina Mladevonic and Stan Wawrinka and Donna Vekic as well as the newly -engaged couple, Luke Saville and Daria Gavrilova, but this is a shoutout to the married ones for keeping the romance alive courtside and outside.

Here are the power couples in the world of tennis whose motto is ‘play together, stay together.’ 

Marcos Baghdatis and Karolina Sprem

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Baghdatis married Sprem in 2012 in Trakošćan Castle in Croatia. Sprem previously ranked No. 17 while Baghdatis had four ATP titles and reached a career-high of No. 8. He was also the greatest Cypriot tennis player. Baghdatis still plays tennis but is now down to No. 125. They have two daughters together.

Fabio Fognini and Flavia Pennetta

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Pennetta retired after winning the 2015 US Open. She then married Fognini in 2016, ranked No. 13 then. Both Italians, the couple had their first child in 2017 and announced the coming of their second child. Fognini, for his part, won the 2019 Monte Carlo Masters Men’s Singles.

Radek Stepanek and Nicole Vaidisova

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Stepanek and Vaidosova first got married when the latter was only 20 years old. The marriage lasted for three years. They divorced in 2013 and focused on playing tennis. They rekindled their relationship and got married again in 2018—the same year they welcomed their first child together. Stepanek is Novak Djokovic’s current coach.

Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec

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Federer and Vavrinec met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Vavrinec was also a successful player, reaching as high as No. 76 in 2001 until she decided to take a backseat and become Federer’s biggest support system. Their 2009 wedding happened at Wenkenhof Villa in Switzerland, after seeing Mirka displaying her engagement rings (yes, you read that right) on several occasions, courtside, of course. The couple has four children (two sets of twins; one girl and one boy) together. 

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf

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Agassi and Graf, the Grand Slam-winning couple, got married in 2001. The two started dating in 1999 after meeting in the French Open. The very definition of a power couple, the two has a pretty low-key relationship. They got married at their home with only their mothers present. They’ve been married for 18 years and have two children together, an 18-year old son and 16-year old daughter.

Keeping the spark alive on-court and off-court, these are the love moments worth celebrating!

 

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9 of the Most Outrageous Tennis Outfits in Recent Times

Did you know Andre Agassi refused to play at Wimbledon from 1988 to 1990 because of its all-white – not off-white, not cream – dress code

Roger Federer was also reprimanded in 2013 for wearing orange-soled white shoes. Martina Navratilova, on her part, reacted when the officials called her attention for the blue-striped she wore was not up to the code.

This is as far as the tennis outfits under discussion go.

While the article will not even discuss why women tennis players receive the ire of the tournament officials, the rivals, and fans when it comes to tennis outfits more often than their counterpart, the situation is just it. 

In some absurd claims, some fans only watch women’s tennis games to see what they are wearing during the match— looking at you Maria Sharapova!

Time and again, these players–men and women–treat us to some of the most shocking tennis outfits like these.

Aravane Rezai’s black and gold tennis outfit easily landed her in the worst dressed tennis players list. There were too much going on with her outfit. And it was a bit too bold for a tennis match.

Ana Ivanovic created a controversy with her camouflage dress. It has a zebra stripes-like design that eye blogged her opponent. 

Venus Williams wore what people claimed to be ‘risque’ tennis outfit. The bright yellow outfit was partnered with skin-coloured undergarments. This made her very uncomfortable in the court as well as the audience who were already making howling sounds.

Venus struck again the following year, in 2011, with her white and gold jumpsuit. It was unique and brave for her, but it was still newsworthy for all the wrong reasons. The outfit was the matter of joke even among the fashion specialists, saying that it was too revealing for a tennis match.

Her list of outrageous tennis outfits of 2011 also included this golden lattice dress that eventually became the subject of apple pie memes.

But nothing beats her 2010 black and red corset number. The laced frill with skin-coloured shorts was nothing short of cringe-worthy.

In 2017, Venus brought her A-game with an all-white tennis outfit. However, when the straps of her pink bra showed, the officials took notice. She was asked to change her undergarment during a mid-match rain delay.

Venus is not the only Williams on our list. Serena too has had tennis outfit faux pas

And this black catsuit with a red band had been the most controversial. She said that the Wakanda-inspired outfit made her feel like a female warrior. The French Tennis Federation, on the other hand, noted how disrespectful the outfit was, banning wearing catsuits in the tournament entirely.

And the male tennis players have their fair share of their flashy outfits

Federer once walked in with a white and gold ensemble that did not sit well with the spectators. The golden outfit looked (and was) inappropriate for a tennis match. People were quick to say that his bag with a shimmering golden base was a show-off. It did not serve its purpose as well.

 

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