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bluetrain4
03-01-2012, 01:28 PM
We always see the mulitude of famous people who are very good golfers via pro-am events, but what about tennis?

What high-profile people (actors, musicians, politicians, business titans, pro athletes in other sports, media figures, etc.) regularly play tennis AND are pretty good at it (maybe strong 4.0 and above).

Actor John Lovitz is huge tennis enthusiast and player, but don't know how good he is.

I saw some Tennis Channel thing with singer/actress Brandy. She seemed to love tennis, but didn't seem that good at it yet.

I can't think of a really good famous/celeb tennis player off the top of my head (other than ex pro tennis players).

djarvik
03-01-2012, 01:39 PM
Chuck Norris

Moose Malloy
03-01-2012, 01:44 PM
does 'film star' Minka count? not joking, she was part of some winning USTA league a while back(there was a deleted thread on it)
apparently she was a highly ranked junior in Vietnam or something.
google her name(if you're not at work)

I think the girl from Big Bang Theory was nationally ranked as a junior(but I would think her tennis days are over after shattering her leg in a horseback riding accident)

the best celebrity tennis players are probably people that used to be really good at it before giving it up, which is not uncommon(have encountered many former D1 players or ranked juniors that haven't hit a ball in many years)
The most passionate rec players are generally people who were never that good or found it later in life, so that's partly why tennis channel can only find crappy celeb players to profile.

tipsytime
03-01-2012, 01:46 PM
kaley cuoco from big bang theory used to be a nationally ranked junior.

vive le beau jeu !
03-01-2012, 01:47 PM
isn't there a member from the 'metallica' band who was good at tennis when he was young ?

(i guess it's not allowed to answer 'movie star vijay amritraj', right ?) ;)

djarvik
03-01-2012, 01:47 PM
Here it is:


http://www.mycityrocks.com/images/houston/07_04_14norris/IMG_8160sm.jpg

LeeD
03-01-2012, 01:48 PM
DinoMartin, son of Dean was a ATP pro, I don't know his best level.
JohnLucus, guard for the Warriors, played competitive TeamTennis.
TaylorDent you know.
JoaquinNoah's dad was Yannick.

bluetrain4
03-01-2012, 01:49 PM
does 'film star' Minka count? not joking, she was part of some winning USTA league a while back(there was a deleted thread on it)
apparently she was a highly ranked junior in Vietnam or something.
google her name(if you're not at work)

I think the girl from Big Bang Theory was nationally ranked as a junior(but I would think her tennis days are over after shattering her leg in a horseback riding accident)

the best celebrity tennis players are probably people that used to be really good at it before giving it up, which is not uncommon(have encountered many former D1 players or ranked juniors that haven't hit a ball in many years)
The most passionate rec players are generally people who were never that good or found it later in life.



really? when I channel surf & come across those events, it looks like most are basically hacks. sure, some can drive the ball pretty far (not all that straight thought)

Certainly, there are many more hack celeb golfers than non-hacks. I guess watching something like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, I always see a decent number of celeb golfers (even if it's just 7-10) with decent handicaps. True, they are very much in the minority, but I guess I see this as a decent number when compared to tennis because I've never even seen 3 good celeb tennis players together at one time.

Moose Malloy
03-01-2012, 01:49 PM
isn't there a member from the 'metallica' band who was good at tennis when he was young ?

well, his dad was a pro player(Lars Ulrich)

but like I said, I doubt he plays it much anymore. though he probably could destroy Dr Phil & Jon Lovitz with no prep.

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 01:50 PM
http://img002.lazygirls.info/people/kaley_cuoco/kaley_cuoco_kaley_playing_tennis_g9bfHvo.sized.jpg

http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/320x480/d_f/ffawcett6_V_26jun09_pa_b.jpg

batz
03-01-2012, 01:51 PM
Bode Miller has tried to qualify for the USO.

niff
03-01-2012, 01:51 PM
There's Bode Miller (skier), who tried to qualify for the USO wildcard ... failed spectacularly though.

edit: batz :evil:

batz
03-01-2012, 01:53 PM
There's Bode Miller (skier), who tried to qualify for the USO wildcard ... failed spectacularly though.

edit: batz :evil:

Great minds Niff, great minds ;)

goran_ace
03-01-2012, 01:53 PM
well, his dad was a pro player(Lars Ulrich)

but like I said, I doubt he plays it much anymore. though he probably could destroy Dr Phil & Jon Lovitz with no prep.

Lars' dad was Torben Ulrich.

I remember reading an interview with Lars where he said he was a top 10 junior in Denmark but then when they moved to California he wasn't even the tenth best player on his block

goran_ace
03-01-2012, 01:59 PM
Actress Maeve Quinlan played pro tennis as a teenager.

Matthew Perry was nationally ranked in Canada as a junior.

Former Congressman and Seattle Seahawk Steve Largent played a lot of tennis since retiring from the NFL and in the mid-90's went to 5.0 Nationals.

Cormorant
03-01-2012, 02:18 PM
Jon Hamm plays, though his take back looks decidedly sub-4.0.

http://i46.tinypic.com/sm3igz.jpg

Cup8489
03-01-2012, 02:35 PM
Gavin Rossdale is supposed to be pretty good isn't he?

Deuces Wild
03-01-2012, 02:46 PM
Apparently, Johh Mayer does.

http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/05/18/4/192/1922398/cd4bcef8442c3e13_John-Mayer.jpg

And I recall reading a story a while back about Drew Brees playing against Roddick as a junior.

accidental
03-01-2012, 03:16 PM
Matthew Perry claims he was a good junior. I think he also briefly dated Capriatti

also:
http://stylefrizz.com/img/jennifer-love-hewitt-high-heels-tennis.jpg
Looks to be at least a 5.0

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 06:28 PM
Tina Fey, high school varsity tennis:

http://snakkle.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Tina-Fey-Tennis-GC.jpg (http://www.snakkle.com/galleries/before-they-were-famous-stars-which-celebrities-were-sporty-then-and-now/tina-fey-tennis-split/)

Brad Pitt, high school tennis:

http://snakkle.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Brad-Pitt-Tennis-GC.jpg

http://www.snakkle.com/galleries/before-they-were-famous-stars-which-celebrities-were-sporty-then-and-now/brad-pitt-tennis-split/

juanparty
03-01-2012, 06:31 PM
Clyde Drexler and Lars Ulrich!

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 06:41 PM
Ellen DeGeneres, with a high-octane racket:

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/images/blog/0909/15_wilsonellentennis.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bcddDjPcAU

PollyBallGirl
03-01-2012, 06:42 PM
Shannon elizabeth played the us open.

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 06:48 PM
Jon Hamm plays, though his take back looks decidedly sub-4.0.

http://i46.tinypic.com/sm3igz.jpg

He may very well be 4.0 or lower but this takeback looks very Agassi-esque to me.

Timbo's hopeless slice
03-01-2012, 06:52 PM
One of the guys in Iron Maiden (Adrian Smith) is pretty decent

There is some footage on one of their tour videos of him playing with Pat Cash. Cash was asked how good he was and replied 'a lot better than I am at guitar!'

Cash is actually a pretty decent guitarist, too..

anyway, here you go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOgnhkNEuFY

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 06:57 PM
Shannon Elizabeth:

http://imgsrv1.pxdrive.com/pics/mid/76012.jpg (http://imgsrv1.pxdrive.com/pics/norm/76012.jpg)http://imgsrv1.pxdrive.com/pics/mid/76013.jpg (http://imgsrv1.pxdrive.com/pics/norm/76012.jpg)
.

Spin Doctor
03-01-2012, 07:01 PM
Wasn't there a thread on Dirk Nowitzki a while back? IIRC he looked pretty decent although his technique wasn't exactly pretty.

woodrow1029
03-01-2012, 07:05 PM
Elton John can hit the ball.
Brandy

Timbo's hopeless slice
03-01-2012, 07:12 PM
oh, Sir Cliff Richard is pretty damn good, or at least he was when I hit with him back in the early nineties. 5.0

Cup8489
03-01-2012, 07:14 PM
Lars Ulrich as well.

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 07:15 PM
Actor, Dick Van Patten, and his son, Vincent Van Patten (also an actor) are/were avid tennis players. Vince was go good that he was ranked as high as #26 on the pro tour in 1982. He beat John McEnroe and other top 10 players:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Van_Patten#Tennis

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_656LNdF1Es0/SGQ3pgwTuSI/AAAAAAAAAN0/OUEG7erUCso/s400/IMG_0001.jpg
Vince is on the far left


More recently:
http://www.tennischannel.com/Ttc/Programs/CB-014.jpg
Vince with Christine Brinkley
.

heftylefty
03-01-2012, 07:34 PM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/32/60383951_92784a819b.jpg

Coz

SystemicAnomaly
03-01-2012, 07:47 PM
Singer/actor (and military pilot) Dean Paul Martin was a very decent tennis player. He was the son of noted singer/entertainer, Dean Martin. Dean Paul was apparently very athletic and played at Wimbledon as a junior player.

He starred in a film, Players , with Ali McGraw in 1979 as a pro tennis player. The movie featured Pancho Gonzalez, as his coach, as well as quite few other notable players -- J McEnroe, Vilas, Nastase and others. Dean Paul displayed some excellent athleticism in this film -- diving at the net for the ball a number of times. This may have inspired a young Boris Becker to do the same thing some years later.

http://image5.nw.ctscdn.com/prodthumb/898/517/3652fe97-8685-499b-a345-ec32d3e8b9e2.jpg
.

Mick
03-01-2012, 08:02 PM
Brandy, she's pretty good for a celebrity, i think

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyARop13iZg

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1370213/R-B-singer-Brandy-displays-fine-form-professional-tennis-player-Jelena-Jankovic.html

http://i44.tinypic.com/afhx5i.jpg

sabala
03-01-2012, 08:35 PM
President Bush Sr. is a huge tennis fan. Also...REGIS!!

zapvor
03-01-2012, 08:42 PM
god i would love to hit with brandy....

Bjorn99
03-02-2012, 01:32 AM
I play tennis with Geddy Lee of Rush, and occasionally with Alex Lifeson his guitarist. Both are quite good, Geddy plays more consistently. Geddy is very competitive.

FedError
03-02-2012, 02:08 AM
http://cache.deadspin.com/assets/images/11/2011/05/img_0070.jpg

aphex
03-02-2012, 02:14 AM
Jon Hamm plays, though his take back looks decidedly sub-4.0.

http://i46.tinypic.com/sm3igz.jpg

Your understanding of take back technique is decidedly sub 0.0.

Big_Dangerous
03-02-2012, 02:20 AM
kaley cuoco from big bang theory used to be a nationally ranked junior.

I knew there was some reason I liked her, and not just for her looks.

Bazinga!

But seriously that's pretty cool. I guess she made the right decision going for acting. Probably get's paid several million per season of Big Bang Theory. That's much better than grinding it out on the WTA Tour.

kaleidoskope
03-02-2012, 02:46 AM
Apparently, Johh Mayer does.

http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/05/18/4/192/1922398/cd4bcef8442c3e13_John-Mayer.jpg

And I recall reading a story a while back about Drew Brees playing against Roddick as a junior.

I couldn't stand the dude as a musician, and now that I see where he keeps a tennis ball...
What a girly poser :D

Hood_Man
03-02-2012, 03:04 AM
Charlie Chaplin

http://bandofthebes.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341cc27e53ef0128778838d2970c-800wi

cc0509
03-02-2012, 03:18 AM
I think Farrah Fawcett used to be a pretty good tennis player in her day.

http://img004.lazygirls.info/people/farrah_fawcett/farrah_fawcett_tennis_oBJevUJ.sized.jpg

DarkSephiroth
03-02-2012, 04:54 AM
Dirk Nowitzki was like a junior national champion in Germany. He played Tommy Haas when they were growing up.

Here's a video of him hitting now. He still has pretty impressive racket head speed, considering he probably hasn't played consistently since he was in his teens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41im4myeLcI

SLD76
03-02-2012, 05:10 AM
Apparently, Johh Mayer does.

http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/05/18/4/192/1922398/cd4bcef8442c3e13_John-Mayer.jpg

And I recall reading a story a while back about Drew Brees playing against Roddick as a junior.

amazing john mayer can look like a tool even on a tennis court. just an all round sleeze.

Hayden 'Anakin Skywalker' Christiansen of Star Wars prequel fame, was a nationally ranked junior in Canada.

Cesc Fabregas
03-02-2012, 05:13 AM
Anyone who is classified as a "celebrity" is not worth your time.

SLD76
03-02-2012, 05:26 AM
Anyone who is classified as a "celebrity" is not worth your time.

yeah but you arent a celeb and you fall under the same category.

Tobias Fünke
03-02-2012, 05:41 AM
Charlie Chaplin

http://bandofthebes.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341cc27e53ef0128778838d2970c-800wi

Awesome picture. Thanks.

pepka
03-02-2012, 05:43 AM
Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Will Farrell.

Hood_Man
03-02-2012, 06:02 AM
Dirk Nowitzki was like a junior national champion in Germany. He played Tommy Haas when they were growing up.

Here's a video of him hitting now. He still has pretty impressive racket head speed, considering he probably hasn't played consistently since he was in his teens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41im4myeLcI

I might be going mad here but, is anyone else seeing a video of a Corgi?

ChickBowdrie
03-02-2012, 06:17 AM
My man Chevy Chase!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ2wqvDDw1g

jerriy
03-02-2012, 06:55 AM
http://i.minus.com/ibuS3Dk6ip1vnz.jpg

jerriy
03-02-2012, 07:02 AM
Ellen DeGeneres

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/images/blog/0909/15_wilsonellentennis.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bcddDjPcAUJust imitating Letterman and goofing around with her guests at the back of the studio doesn't count

citybert
03-02-2012, 07:05 AM
i thought celebs do other things on the tennis court than actually playing tennis

trenzterra
03-02-2012, 07:10 AM
http://img002.lazygirls.info/people/kaley_cuoco/kaley_cuoco_kaley_playing_tennis_g9bfHvo.sized.jpg

http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/320x480/d_f/ffawcett6_V_26jun09_pa_b.jpg

Wow she's using a ProKennex Kinetic frame! Good taste there.


I'm quite sure Matthew Perry (Chandler from Friends) plays tennis too.

pc1
03-02-2012, 07:49 AM
Matthew Perry from the tv show Friends was a top ranked junior player who considered turning pro.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001612/bio

813wilson
03-02-2012, 08:00 AM
Elisabeth Shue.....

jerriy
03-02-2012, 08:15 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hScuR1Tadeo/TnT4_T-tfJI/AAAAAAAAEck/9T8ZeOBFp7A/s634/michelle.jpg

rajeshafrica
03-02-2012, 08:17 AM
Holly wood movie producer Ashok Amritraj was a pretty good player. Good enough to be ranked as high as 201 in the world. Though he had better record in doubles, good enough to reach the semi finals of a few tour events. He is the brother of Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj.

spiderman123
03-02-2012, 10:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0z5doe-hBM#t=2m10s

lim
03-02-2012, 10:49 AM
Matthew Perry from the tv show Friends was a top ranked junior player who considered turning pro.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001612/bio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ZaOv7nGl0

LeeD
03-02-2012, 12:35 PM
You know, just looking at his grip, strokes, and goofy running, you'd surmise he was maybe a 3.5 at best.
Then he hits a Nastase Backfire, pretty well. Then you remember he's a comedian, meaning he's only there to entertain, not play tennis. Then you notice he can hit approach shots.
Who really knows?

millicurie999
03-02-2012, 12:59 PM
Has anyone seen Anna Wintour Play? Any good?

pc1
03-02-2012, 01:00 PM
You know, just looking at his grip, strokes, and goofy running, you'd surmise he was maybe a 3.5 at best.
Then he hits a Nastase Backfire, pretty well. Then you remember he's a comedian, meaning he's only there to entertain, not play tennis. Then you notice he can hit approach shots.
Who really knows?

I'm sure he was better than 3.5 Lee. I also doubt if he really practices as much as he did in his youth considering acting turned out to be pretty decent for him to say the least.

pc1
03-02-2012, 01:01 PM
Has anyone seen Anna Wintour Play? Any good?

Who knows but she does know how to advise Federer how to dress.:)

Dr. Phil plays a decent game of tennis. I saw him hitting with Vince Van Patten on the Tennis Channel.

http://www.tennischannel.com/programs/EpisodeDetail.aspx?id=4775

Logan71
03-02-2012, 01:09 PM
Dustin Hoffman

David Cook-American Idol winner

SystemicAnomaly
03-02-2012, 01:19 PM
Just imitating Letterman and goofing around with her guests at the back of the studio doesn't count

Doesn't count for what? Ellen played varsity tennis in high school and appears to be an huge fan of the game. Not only has she played with Oudin on her show show, she has also played with Matthew Perry (another avid tennis fan and player) as well as other pro tennis players. In the past she had Serena on her show and, recently, after her AO win had #1 player, Azarenka as a guest.

ohplease
03-02-2012, 01:53 PM
Who knows but she does know how to advise Federer how to dress.:)

Dr. Phil plays a decent game of tennis. I saw him hitting with Vince Van Patten on the Tennis Channel.

http://www.tennischannel.com/programs/EpisodeDetail.aspx?id=4775

Matthew (L.) Perry is actually a computer rated 4.5. You can see his record on tennislink: http://tennislink.usta.com/Leagues/Main/StatsAndStandings.aspx?t=R-17&search=matthew%20perry&OrgURL=http://tennislink.usta.com/Leagues/Common/Default.aspx

LeeD
03-02-2012, 01:58 PM
PC1, read my post again.
Does it sounds like I rate him as a 3.5?
As for 4.5, I see him as a 4.0.

xanctus
03-02-2012, 06:07 PM
Mathew Perry was a good canadian junior player I believe.
Kaley Cuoco...oh yes big bang girl! she's HOT and good tennis player...can't beat that!

rajeshafrica
03-03-2012, 07:09 AM
Holly wood movie producer Ashok Amritraj was a pretty good player. Good enough to be ranked as high as 201 in the world. Though he had better record in doubles, good enough to reach the semi finals of a few tour events. He is the brother of Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj.

In fact Ashok Amritraj reached the junior wimbledon finals in 1974

West Coast Ace
03-03-2012, 09:00 AM
PC1, read my post again.
Does it sounds like I rate him as a 3.5?
As for 4.5, I see him as a 4.0.We agree on this. Those aren't the strokes of anyone who was ever nationally ranked - unless tennis is even less popular than we think in Canada. Even if he plays a lot less than as a kid, the strokes would still look good, the timing would just be off - and that's not the case from that video - 4.0 tops. Link says 4.0 for all MP's in So Cal.

Harrison Ford was written up in Tennis Magazine years ago.

The story about Dustin Hoffman claimed he practiced with the UCLA men. Then they had to back down - he's really a 3.5.

The poker pro Gus Hansen - he was on the Tennis Channel show hitting with Vince Van Patten - he was ranked as a kid in Denmark and is legit - beautiful BH.

CMM
03-04-2012, 01:57 AM
http://the-slice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Kim+Kardashian+Hits+Net+Results+Mom+eTjXyAKI2y5l.j pg