Peter Colt and Lizzie Bradbury, Wimbledon
Peter (Paul Bettany) is a flailing former champ whose game becomes invigorated by the beautiful and top-ranked Lizzie (Kirsten Dunst). Love rules all in this tennis rom-com that serves up two very attractive people getting busy on and off the court.
Trey MacDougal, Sex and the City
Trey’s (Kyle MacLachlan) betrayal was our gain when he took the court for a round of sweaty, shirtless serves after discovering wife Charlotte (Kristin Davis) kissing the gardener. Game, set, mismatch? Alrighty.
Annie Walker and Helen Harris, Bridesmaids
Call it a frenemy face-off. Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) and Helen Harris III (Rose Byrne) may have doubles partners (Nancy Carell and Melanie Hutsell), but they single-mindedly sublimate their battle for the affections of shared bestie Lillian (Maya Rudolph) over a hilarious match full of Sharapova-style grunts and backhanded banter.
Teddy Montgomery, 90210
Luring in West Bev-ers with his court-honed washboard abs and piercing baby blues, the private school transfer (Trevor Donovan) brought a killer forehand and some serious drama from the moment he came to West Bev. This included breaking up not one but two relationships, contending with serious daddy issues, battling alcoholism, and eventually coming out of the closet, only to father a child with ex-girlfriend Silver (Jessica Stroup).
Chris Wilton, Match Point
If Andy Murray were homicidal, you’d have the pouty Adonis (played by the genetically blessed Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in Woody Allen’s Oscar-nominated thriller who begins as a retired tennis pro before devolving into a glorified hustler and ingenue murderer.
Spouses vs. Friends, Happy Endings
In the doubles match to end all doubles matches, super-competitive Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Jane (Eliza Coupe) go (tennis) balls to the wall — breaking racquets, eardrums, and basically every tennis etiquette rule ever — after serving a beat down to pals Max (Adam Pally) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert).
Cher Horowitz, Clueless
By her own admission, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) does more peacocking and gabbing than volleying on the tennis court. And I quote, ”I doubt I worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum!” But who cares when you look this good from the baseline? No foot faults here.
Daryl Van Horne and His Ladies, The Witches of Eastwick
A comely coven of witches (Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon) get metaphysical with a devilish Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) during a doubles match in which the bewitching trio make the tennis ball levitate. Balls and apparently, libidos, fly in John Updike’s darkly funny page-to-screen adaptation.
What’s the deal with a tennis ”pro” who’s actually a con? Setting the stage for 30 Rock‘s Dr. Drew (Jon Hamm), the bullying, inept Eastern European (Mark Harelik) convinces Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) to play the world’s worst tennis game in season 8’s ”The Comeback.” Naturally, his braggart act backfires — right into the face of Kramer (Michael Richards). Say it with me now: ”Another game for Miloš!”
Richie Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
Luke Wilson plays the former tennis champ with ’70s Bjorn Bjorg-inspired aplomb and brooding beauty in Wes Anderson’s 2001 flick. We’ll meet him by way of the Greenline bus any day. So what if he’s in love with his sister and terminates his career with a tantrum on court? He gets 1,000 hottie points for sensitivity.