Best tennis player among celebrities?

#51
Redfoo (of LMFAO fame) seems to be a decent player



He tried to play a point with Serena but either the lack of warmup or the pressure got to him:

 
#53
Timothy Olyphant is a pretty good player. I've seen him hit a few times and I thought he played rather well. He was also a top swimmer at UCLA.
 
#58
I believe John Lucas the NBA player and coach was state champ in North Carolina. That's the rumor I always heard at least.
Yes, it's on his Wiki page

Damn he played Tennis too at Maryland and was an All American tennis player. Reached the SF of a challenger event in 1979. #579 in the world was his highest ranking and he wasn't even playing then, he was an NBA player it was just the summer when 28. How about that, first time I ever actually looked it up. I had forgotten it as this was only 1990's urban legend at the time before the internet was capable.

Says he coached Stephy Graf in world team tennis.

John Lucas was the #1 draft pick in the NBA BTW had a long solid career. Wonder what he could have done in tennis had he went that way.
 
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#61
Is Patrik Antonius a celebrity? He's a very famous poker player who was a tennis player. He's quite good too.


Antonius is the bald one.
Gus Hansen also a famous poker pro is said to be an excellent player and was a really good junior in Denmark or wherever.

Actress Elizabeth Shue is really good...actually true to play futures I think in her 30s or 40s.
 
#62
At one point years ago, Kenny Rogers (the singer) was an avid tennis player and fan. He and some members of his back-up band would search out courts at every location where he was giving a concert. Saw him hitting and he wasn't bad. Saw a Tennis Magazine report that he actually played in a minor league pro tourney and won a round (may have been in doubles) -- so he earned ATP ranking points.
Kenny was a 4.5’ish player. A close friend of mine (a former WTA top 50) was his private coach for a time.


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#66
Bill Cosby, way back when, was supposedly by far the best celebrity tennis player in Hollywood. i vaguely remember some challenge match
with an editor of Tennis magazine that he won.
Dino (Dean Paul) Martin Jr, son of Dean Martin, would have kicked Cosby's tush from the late 1960s thru the early/mid '80s. Dino was a pop/rock singer (late 60s) and actor during the 70s thru much of the 80s. He played at a very high junior level (junior Wimbledon) and at a semi-pro level afterward. Could have conceivably turned pro. Check out his level of play in the 1979 film, Players. Also check out Dino's athletic dives, at the net, for the ball in the Wimbledon sequences in Players. This was quite a few years before we saw Boris Becker doing the same thing.
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#69
@StringGuruMRT
Does she still play?
How long can you hold your breath? Might be a brief wait for an answer from that poster (hasn't logged in since 2006). Kaley C was regionally ranked as a junior in So Cal. She might still do some playing for a Southern California Tennis Association team. In 1998, Kaley was ranked #54 in Girl's 14 Singles for the Southern California Tennis Association.

http://www.californiatennis.com/usta/SCTARanks/SCTA1998junior.htm

I noticed that Alexa Glatch was ranked #10 for Girl's 10 Singles in the SCTA list above. I recall watching her play at the USTA Girls' 18 Championships around 2004 or 2005. I believe that she won in doubles (with Vania King) and might have lost in the singles final. I think that she might have been approached by both Stanford and UCLA to play. She accepted at UCLA but then decided to turn pro instead. Highest rank of 102 for singles and 98 for doubles about 9 years ago.
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#70
Farrah Fawcett was an avid player. First saw her with a racket in I Dream of Jeannie (late 1960s). In the scene below from Charlie's Angels (late 1970s), she plays better than the guy cast as the club pro. Looks to be playing at a high intermediate level here. Classic 70s forehand finish.



Farrah with the van Pattens. Vince van Patten, her coach, is hiding behind Farrah. (@BeatlesFan)
 
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#72
Now he may be a great tennis player but is he a real celebrity? :unsure::unsure:
I remember him in the 1970s as an actor/celeb before he he turned pro in the late 70s. Numerous commercials & several dozen acting credits (Bonanza, Adam 12, Wonder Woman, etc) before he turned 20. Retired from tennis in the late 80s. Reinvented himself as a poker player and then a commentator for the World Poker Tour. Also a celeb by association -- Most famous relatives are Dick van Patten (dad), Joyce van Patten (aunt), Talia Balsam (cousin).
 
#73
Not sure why any of this is even being debated. The answer is Vince Van Patten and no one else even rates a mention. He was ranked in the 20's at one point, won a 500 event and beat Mac several times. Matthew Perry (or anyone else) isn't even in the same hemisphere as Vince.
No idea who he was, but I might have heard him cause I used to be a huge poker fan.

One of the high stakes pro's Patrik Antonius was on his way to becoming a tennis pro before injury made him even more Finnish than he already was.
 
#82
Does Dean Martin's son, Dean Paul Martin, count as famous? According the Connors book he was quite good.
He was well-known back in the day. Perhaps you are not old enough to remember Dino, Desi & Billy from the mid/late 1960s. They had a few hits back then and were featured on a number of TV shows and at least 1 movie (Murder's Row). One of their hits was even covered by The Chipmunks.

Dino had a couple of high-profile marriages. Olivia Hussey (well-known for Romeo & Juliet) in the 70s. Dorothy Hamill (Olympic ice skater) in the 80s. Dino also has more than 2 dozen IMDb credits to his name even tho he tragically died at 35.


 

FD3S

Hall of Fame
#87
Ah, Matthew Perry and tennis. He's probably still a solid-ish rec player for his age now, but it sounds like he got hit by 'big fish, small pond' syndrome hard when he was a junior. The story of how highly ranked he was as a kid always varies, but what stays consistent is the ranked juniors in California kicking his teeth in (as they would with most players, to be fair). To quote a Men's Health interview:

"... Then I moved to Los Angeles when I was 15, and everyone in L.A. just killed me. I was pretty great in Canada. Not so much in Los Angeles. It was insane. I realized I wouldn’t be playing tennis for a living, so I went for acting. Are tennis and acting alike? I don’t know..."
 

TnsGuru

Professional
#93
Bill Cosby, way back when, was supposedly by far the best celebrity tennis player in Hollywood. i vaguely remember some challenge match
with an editor of Tennis magazine that he won.
He probably won matches by putting the pills in their drinking water:rolleyes:
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
#96
Yes, it's on his Wiki page

Damn he played Tennis too at Maryland and was an All American tennis player. Reached the SF of a challenger event in 1979. #579 in the world was his highest ranking and he wasn't even playing then, he was an NBA player it was just the summer when 28. How about that, first time I ever actually looked it up. I had forgotten it as this was only 1990's urban legend at the time before the internet was capable.

Says he coached Stephy Graf in world team tennis.

John Lucas was the #1 draft pick in the NBA BTW had a long solid career. Wonder what he could have done in tennis had he went that way.
I was a ball boy for a WTT playoff match held in Birmingham, AL that John Lucas was part of. He partnered with Renee Richards against Roy Emerson and Martina Navratilova. He rather enjoyed bouncing over heads into the upper deck!
 
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