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Tennis references in wider culture

I think there was a thread like this before but I don't know what it was called.

It would be cool if we had some sort of compendium of every reference to tennis no matter how obscure in books, lyrics, tv shows, even advertising. Anywhere really.

A search only showed up this thread:

Nadal finally enters American pop culture lexicon

"Biceps like Nadal" was used to describe the body image pressures on young males.

On a similar note, a book I read called The Selfish Capitalist ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Selfish-Capi.../dp/0091923816) that used Sharapova in a similar context for young females

Here's some more off the top off my head:


The band Half Man Half Biscuit have a song called Outbreak of Vitas Gerulaitis. (I just discovered this and it's so awesome that it inspired me to start this thread.)


"I'll serve your ass like John McEnroe..." lyric from Jump Around by House of Pain.


McEnroe's superb appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4eVdx7u7iY)


Panasonic have two guys playing tennis to advertise the clarity of picture on their Viera model(it really bugs me that they didn't feel the need to hire real tennis players for it. If they are, I don't recognise them sorry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlfAt_BYyIQ)


Tesco ad featuring Borg and McEnroe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwkpYD-_vrk)


Seat Alta McEnroe ad (can you say whore? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4VvBynKsM0)


Didn't embed anything cos it slows my shit computer down too much. Should be in Non-Tennis I guess. I'll leave that to mods)

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Good thread

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Isner-Mahut's been a reference when baseball games go extra innings, etc...at least from what I've heard on TV
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the movie wimbledon, is (suprisingly enough) about tennis

and really un believable romance

but tennis

it has serial whore mcenbore but also cool ppl too like chris evert

oh and that coke head from spiderman with bad teeth

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_of_Tennis

Japanese manga and anime about tennis. It's also made into drama series in Chinese.
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Strangers on a Train is a pretty big and famous one
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McEnroe is always mentioned when talking about hotheads in sports

Paradorn Srichaphan
Kei Nishikori, Donald Young, Somdev Devvarman, Dustin Brown, Steve Johnson, Yannick Maden
Robert Farah, Clement Reix, Alexander Dolgopolov, Nathan Thompson


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There's a ton of TV commercials



this one which is kind of jerkwaddy


(bizarrely similar to this BNP Paribas commercial which sends a totally different message)





and in metafiction there was Infinite Jest
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In the local football league, when a team loses 2 semi finals in a row in the season. It's called going out in straight sets.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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and my personal all-time favorite, gandhi vs. tenenbaum, which comes to mind all too often when watching certain players who shall remain unmentioned

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I love when sports commentators announce a baseball score as 5-Love; or during playoffs when both teams have won all their home games, that they're on serve.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_of_Tennis

Japanese manga and anime about tennis. It's also made into drama series in Chinese.
it's more like dragonball z with tennis moves, tbh. it also has a live-action movie and a series of popular musicals in japan.


martina navratilova in will & grace. appears at 3:25.

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Good stuff people.

The ads are very interesting because a lot of them go to the heart of tennis's image problem.

I saw one recently for some washing powder. A kid is getting ready to play tennis and his mum gives him a white shirt to put on. As he's walking out the family's hispanic looking cleaner stops to smell the freshness of the shirt. The court appears to be in his back yard. It's really gruesome stuff. Not the type of snobbery you want to see the sport associated with. I'll try catch what brand it is if i see it again and post a link.


Rafa's Seat ad is pretty decent. Nothing at all upper clash and pristine about it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LTgIAQ3MHw)

I doubt he'd do an ad like that these days with his polo shirts, and Richard Mille 600k watches.
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and then there was the legendary Guillermo Montoya...

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