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Pop culture serves up tennis with Emma Stone, Mary Carillo, Shia LaBeouf, Pharrell Williams and Amanda Peet Here’s why tennis is everywhere in pop culture right now
That’s how every tennis match starts out. And at this moment, pop culture is madly in love with the sport, which is showing up all over screens and stages. Open, “The Last Match,” considers that question an easy lob.
“Borg McEnroe,” starring Shia LaBeouf (right) and Stellan Skarsgard, focuses on the rivalry between famous tennis players Bjrn Borg and John McEnroe at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships. (SF Studios)
“Tennis is already theater,” she tells the Daily News. “Some matches can feel like whole lifetimes. That’s how epic they are.”
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That includes the one recreated in “Battle of the Sexes,” out Sept. 22. Emma Stone and Steve Carell play tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, who faced off in an historic exhibition match in 1973.
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In the Swedish biodrama “Borg/McEnroe,” Shia LaBeouf and Stellan Skarsgard relive the 1980s tennis rivalry between the low key Bjrn Borg and the hot tempered John McEnroe.
Playwrights are taking a whack at the sport. MCC Theater hosted a reading of the work this week. Ziegler’s “Last Match” begins previews on Sept. 28 at the Laura Pels Theatre.
Sportscaster and former tennis pro Mary Carillo (center) tutored the cast of “The Last Match” in the game of tennis. (Roundabout)
Meanwhile, Grammy winner Pharrell Williams just released his new tennis collection for Adidas.
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Court and sparks, indeed.
“Some matches can feel like whole lifetimes. That’s how epic they are.” playwright Anna Ziegler
Of course, interest in tennis, along with its might, muscle, mind games and metaphor, isn’t brand new. Think of Woody Allen’s 2005 film “Match Point” or Terrence McNally’s Broadway 2007 play “Deuce” and any number of other productions.
The current fascination, however, is intense. Same goes for how actors have been preparing to play tennis on stage or screen.
Tennis togs, anyone? Pharrell Williams (third from right) is game in his tennis line for Adidas. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for adidas)
Emma Stone put on 15 pounds of lean muscle to play King. To do that she worked out with personal trainer Jason Walsh, who focused on weight training (pushing a 200 pound sled) for strength and cardio interval training (VersaClimber, anyone?) to keep the “La La Land” Oscar winner quick on her feet.
The “Last Match” cast got busy too. “As a tennis fan, and as someone who played a lot growing up, I watch the pros play and wonder what conversations they’re having with themselves at crucial moments in a match,” says Ziegler.