Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tennis Anyone?

I love to play tennis and summer in Wyoming is the best time to be on the court. So while I'm out there getting my Serena Williams on, I'm thinking about movies with memorable "tennis" scenes. Here are a few that made the list in my book:

Lucas (1986)
Corey Haim falls in love with Kerri Green on the tennis court.
Unfortunately she only has eyes for the captain of the football team.
Nevertheless, Lucas tries to impress her with his over-sized brain
and his condemnation of all things superficial.

The Muse (1999)
Albert Brooks and Jeff Bridges play tennis, but Jeff never gets
the ball over the net. No worries. He gives Albert the phone
number of a Muse who looks a lot like Sharon Stone.

Strangers on a Train (1951)
Farley Granger is a professional tennis player who meets
Robert Walker on a train. Murder is the topic of discussion. 

The Stepford Wives (1975)
Tina Louise loved to play tennis until she became a Stepford robot.
  "I think there's something in the water that turns us into house-fraus!"

Annie Hall (1977)
Diane Keaton meets Woody Allen for the first time on the tennis court.
Love blooms. She learns that he's been in psychoanalysis for years
and he discovers that her grandmother is Jew hater.

Match Point (2005)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers experiences "Crime and Punishment"
up close and personal. Did someone say "murder"?

Bridesmaids (2011)
The girls take it out on the court. This is war not "Love"!

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Luke Wilson can't handle the pressure.

So what are your favorite tennis scenes in the movies? 


  1. I was forced into tennis lessons when I was in elementary school and I dreaded and hated it. I really just wanted to hit the ball as hard as I could to make it fly over the wall. At that point maybe I should have been guided into little league but it was the 70s and little girls didn't play baseball.

    1. Sorry that your tennis experience was a drag. Kids really love to whack the heck out of tennis balls. I never played until college and that's when I fell in love with it. I was not a sports person at all but tennis was one sport I was pretty good at playing.

  2. I used to retrieve balls for pretty girls who played tennis in my town's park when I was a kid. I can't think of a single tennis scene in a movie - though I like several of yours - but I'll throw in handball - from Splash!

    1. Hee hee. Good one. And there is a good handball scene in Manhattan.