If you are lucky enough to be going, you can now watch your favorite tennis movies on site at the AO Sports Film Festival. Boasting 50 screens across three sites of the precinct, attendees can enjoy two weeks worth of programming that includes blockbusters, classics, premieres, documentaries and so much more.
For the rest of us planning to watch from home and if you really just can’t wait any longer, here are five memorable tennis films to binge at home before the tournament kicks off January 14-27.
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Academy Award nominee Steve Carell. Academy Award winner Emma Stone. ‘Nuff said. Well, ok, here’s a little more. Battle of the Sexes is the real-life story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (played by Stone) — then the no. 1 player in the world — and former champion Bobby Riggs (Carrell).
Borg vs. McEnroe (2017)
A look back at the epic 1980 rivalry between superstars Björn Borg and John McEnroe. Sverrir Gudnason plays Borg and Shia LaBeouf plays the hot-headed McEnroe.
7 Days in Hell (2015)
Though technically a TV documentary spoof (with commentary from Serena Williams, no less), we’d argue that few other films in its class bring the intensity – or the laughs – like 7 Days in Hell. In the story, Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg plays American player Aaron Williams, whose rivalry with English player Charles Poole (played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington) comes to a hilarious head at Wimbledon in 2001.
Match Point (2005)
The IMDB description more than hints at the level of relationship drama that awaits: “At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) falls for an actress Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson) who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.”
We’ll forever stan 2000s-era Kirsten Dunst! She stars as up-and-coming female player Lizzie Bradbury, who steals the heart of a pro tennis player Peter Colt (Paul Bettany), who’s seriously off his game.