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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10 Highest-Paid Tennis Players of All-Time

Playing tennis sure has its many perks and privileges. The prize money, which is getting higher by the year for both male and female categories, is just one of these.

Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest tennis players are? Here are the answers.

1) Novak Djokovic ($133.1 million)

Winning the 2019 Wimbledon single’s title, Djokovic recently out-earn Federer. While his statistics, title-wise, fall short compared with that of Federer, this year’s earnings skyrocket and put him on the top. He had won 74 overall titles. Djokovic has 15 Grand Slam titles: seven Australian Opens, four Wimbledons, three US Opens, and one French Open. Djokovic has separate earnings from his endorsements also, which are usually long-term deals. 

2) Roger Federer ($123.6 million)

The Fed has 101 overall titles and had already won 20 Grand Slam titles. Most of these titles are won at Wimbledon (8), Australian Open (6), US Open (5), and French Open. Federer was the highest-paid tennis player for 13 consecutive years. Forbes also reported that his off-court earnings alone are higher than any other tennis player on this list.

3) Rafael Nadal ($106.9 million)

The Spanish player has 81 overall titles, 17 of which are Grand Slam titles. He had already won 11 French Opens, three US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open. Nadal earns millions from his endorsements too as well as from the tennis academy he put up in Manacor, Spain, his hometown.

4) Serena Williams ($88.6 million)

Serena is the leading female tennis player with the highest winnings. She has 23 Grand Slam titles with 72 overall titles. Serena has won seven Wimbledons, seven Australian Opens, six US Opens, and three French Opens. Serena has several sponsors. She was also ranked at the top 1% of the most marketable athletes in the world.

5) Andy Murray ($61.1 million)

Murray has three Grand Slam titles—two Wimbledons and a US Open. The Scottish has 45 overall titles.

6) Pete Sampras ($43.2 million)

Steffi Graf’s better half has 14 Grand Slam titles, 14 of which are Wimbledons. He also has five US Opens and two Australian Opens. He has a total of 64 titles.

7) Venus Williams ($41.3 million)

Venus has seven Grand Slam titles, with five Wimbledons and two US Opens. She has 49 titles.

8) Maria Sharapova ($38.5 million)

Sharapova has already won five Grand Slam titles including two French Opens and Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open. She has 36 titles under her belt. Earnings from her endorsements are not included in the figures, though. Sharapova is one of the highest-paid women athletes.

9) Caroline Wozniaki ($33.8 million)

The Danish has one Grand Slam title under her name. However, she has amassed 30 titles throughout her professional career. She has several endorsements also and her own sunglasses line.

10) Stan Wawrinka ($32.4 million)

Wawrinka’s biggest earnings come from his three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, and US Open). He had already won 16 titles in total.

 

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Tennis Rising Stars 2019: Watch Out for These 10 Names

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams.

Such names are the Hall of Famers—legendary. They dominate the tennis world ‘til today. But they would eventually fade from prominence. Boris Becker even called out the young tennis players to rise up.

Assuming the mantle may not be easy but these tennis players have all the rights to be the next big stars. 

These names can make the spectators rave with excitement. And they have already started carving out their names on clay, grass, and hard surfaces.

The tennis rising stars of 2019

1) Alexander Zverev

Also called Sascha, the 21-year-old German has already defeated not just Djokovic, but also Federer. He won the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour Finals in London. He reached Grand Slam quarterfinals once as well.

2) Aryna Sabalenka

The 20-year-old Belarusian started at No. 73 and ended the year at No. 13. The match of the US Open 2018 was given to her, winning against Naomi Osaka in just three sets. She had also won the Wuhan title, weeks after playing at the Open.

3) Amanda Anisimova

Anisimova was already included in the Top 100 even before she hits her 18th birthday this August. The American player had already won the French Open (juniors division) and Orange Bowl titles in 2018.

4) Stefanos Tsitsipas

The Greek player is the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals men’s singles champion. He had already reached three ATP singles finals only to be defeated by Nadal in two of these. He was one of the strongest contenders of 2019 ATP World Tour.

5) Dominic Thiem

Thiem is one of the prominent names in the ATP World Tour. He reached the French Open final against Rafael Nadal. He has also reached the ATP Finals in London for three straight years.

6) Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov is a Canadian tennis player who had already hit records in 2018. The 2018 ATP World Tour ranked him at 23. He won the junior grand slam title at the 2016 Wimbledon and the junior doubles title at the 2017 US Open. 

7) Alex de Minaur

De Minaur reached the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals, leading him to be ranked at No. 31. He had already appeared in the third round of the grand slam singles events. 

8) Nick Kyrgios 

Kyrgios is another Australian on the list, aside from de Minaur. He had already won four ATP singles titles, three of which were from 2016. Krygios had reached the quarterfinals in two grand slam singles events. One of these grand slams was the 2015 Australian Open. 

9) Maria Sakkari

Sakkari was ranked at No. 29 by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). In 2018, she reached the semi-finals in Istanbul. But in 2019, Sakkari won the Morrocan Open against Johanna Konta. She had also defeated the top players, Kiki Bertens and Petra Kvitova, in 2019.

10) Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu, who is also a Canadian, is currently ranked 22 by the WTA. Andreescu has already defeated Venus Williams. She also won the 2019 Indian Wells Masters. Martina Navratilova believes she has the potential towards becoming the next tennis superstar.

 

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