Two Tennis Movies You Need to Watch This Autumn
Posted on September 20 2017
It’s been a while since the terrible quality of tennis in the romantic comedy of Wimbledon but it now seems we’ve got two more movies to look forward to! Find out which great tennis stories are being retold here.
Let’s face it; the period between the US Open and Australian Open is the most boring period in the tennis calendar, but fear not tennis nerds as there are two Tennis Movies being released that can fill the void and bring about a bit of nostalgia for some of the more seasoned tennis enthusiasts!
I am talking about the release of The Battle of the Sexes and BORG vs. McENROE, which to most people’s surprise harbour some well-known actors!
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the portrayal of the famous Battle of the Sexes match up in which Billie Jean King, (Emma Stone) beat an out spoken Bobby Riggs in three sets 4-6 6-3 6-3.The match drew a huge audience with over 90 million people worldwide tuning into watch what was dubbed as ‘the battle of the exes.’
Who the hell was Bobby Riggs you’re asking yourself? Riggs was 55 at the time of the match but was one of the best tennis players in the world during the 40’s, having held the number one spot in the world and winning six majors. The match up against King was preluded by Riggs beating the current number one in the world, Margaret Court, 6-2 6-1.
What was initially a publicity stunt turned into a milestone for women’s sports which now, at least in tennis, has the same prize money as the men’s. The match also helped pave the way for improved numbers of girls taking part in sports in general and helped cement King as a legend and pioneer for women’s tennis.
The debate of equal pay is still on-going but regardless of your viewpoint, this could be an interesting view!
The Borg v. Mcenroe story doesn’t need much of an introduction for anyone remotely involved in tennis. It is one of the greatest, if not the greatest rivalry in tennis and in sports in general. The reason the rivalry is so renowned is not necessarily because of the tennis played but because of their opposing personalities and the somewhat sad ending to both players careers which arguably both finished too soon without either fully reaching their potential. Let’s hope this movie sheds a little more light on the reasons behind why the world was robbed of continued Borg v. Mcenroe clashes.