With All About Steve, Extract, and Gamer double-faulting with our critics, it looks like our best bet for high drama this weekend might be on the tennis courts at the U.S. Open in Flushing, Queens. Seriously, that Oudin-Sharapova match yesterday was just about the best girlfight I’ve seen since Sheree-Kim on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. And that’s saying a lot.
But as someone whose interest in televised athletics is generally limited to the speed-sewing on Project Runway, I find that watching the Open just makes me think back on my favorite tennis moments in movies. There’s the fateful net shot in Match Point, of course, and the romantic volleying in Wimbledon. And who could possibly forget the gut-wrenching suspense of the climactic match in Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train? There are also plenty of great tennis moments in movies that don’t have anything to do with the sport. Remember Annie and Alvy’s meet-cute on the court in Annie Hall? How about Tim Roth and Gary Oldman’s existential rally in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead? Or Sandra Bullock’s ball-to-the-face in Two Weeks Notice?
Still, for my money, the best tennis moment in movie history has got to be Dionne’s killer one-liner during a ball machine lesson in Clueless. (It’s a bit too blue to write here, so check out the trailer below at 2:15). Cheap? Vulgar? Sure. But Venus Williams never served an ace that good.
Your turn PopWatchers: What’s your favorite on-court movie memory?