Favorite Celebrity Fan

Swingmaster

Hall of Fame
Gotta go with Kevin Spacey. One US Open he watched his man Murray from a seat all by himself in the upper deck. No one around. Listening to the broadcast.
 

Milehigh5280

Professional
How about Ben Stiller? He seems to genuinely love the sport and isn't toxic like Spacey. I assume a lot of celebrities attend matches just to be seen.

Somewhat related:
I attended the Djokovic vs Zverev USO semi and during breaks they would show the celebrities in attendance on the big screen. Which is typical of sporting events in America. I don't know if that's common in other countries. What was funny about it is they would show someone like Paris Hilton and the crowd did not care. Polite applause and that's all. It was that way for most of the night expect when Rod Laver appeared on the big screens. He literally got the biggest ovation of the night. It was awesome
 

Rattler

Hall of Fame
Robbie Krieger, he regularly showed up at Indian Wells, walked around virtually anonymous…I went up to him on the grounds and talked with him for a few minutes. He was nice and appreciative that I was a fan.
 

TimHenmanATG

Hall of Fame
I don't know about my favourite but my least favourite is definitely Cliff Richard. I once had the misfortune to be at Wimbledon when he "entertained" the crowd. It's the only good thing about the installation of the roof. Spared us a repeat!
I remember watching that at the time, and recoiling with second-hand embarrassment.

I can't imagine how cringeworthy it must have been for the spectators held hostage that day.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
In addition to all of these, I remember the US Open coverage cutting to Beyonce and Jay Z in the crowd several times over the years and going "wow with all they do they take time out to watch tennis?"

I've also seen Meryl Streep on Camera at several tennis tournaments in the stand before and similarly thought that was really cool
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Did people just go along with the absurdity because other people around them also did? Or were there any murmurings of discontent at the time?
It was mixed. The older "ordinary" fans liked it, the "important" people in the box looked mildly humiliated, the younger ones clapped along ironically (Cliff had become an ironic icon via the sit-com The Young Ones, if anyone remembers that. But there was certainly a sizeable minority who were hoping a sniper was located in the rafters.
 

TimHenmanATG

Hall of Fame
It was mixed. The older "ordinary" fans liked it, the "important" people in the box looked mildly humiliated, the younger ones clapped along ironically (Cliff had become an ironic icon via the sit-com The Young Ones, if anyone remembers that. But there was certainly a sizeable minority who were hoping a sniper was located in the rafters.
Sir Cliff has been dropping singles since the 1950s.

I normally associated the 'Young Ones" with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson.
 

ibbi

Legend
What I'm waiting to see evidence of is people who travel to a country specifically to see tennis. I mean I guess it's possible they do without us knowing about it... but you seem to see far fewer stars at Roland Garros and the Australian Open than you do at the other two.

In Paris you tend to get a lot of sports stars, footballers, french NBA players, etc. But the only other I can ever recall seeing there off the top of my head is DiCaprio, who also shows up in New York most years. How about Australia? Any global superstars love tennis enough to travel there just to watch it?

You'd imagine Jackman must have been since he's a pretty regular fixture at Wimbledon and the US Open, but I honestly can't remember seeing any. Maybe Aussie TV are less into celebrity worship?:-D
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
What I'm waiting to see evidence of is people who travel to a country specifically to see tennis. I mean I guess it's possible they do without us knowing about it... but you seem to see far fewer stars at Roland Garros and the Australian Open than you do at the other two.

In Paris you tend to get a lot of sports stars, footballers, french NBA players, etc. But the only other I can ever recall seeing there off the top of my head is DiCaprio, who also shows up in New York most years. How about Australia? Any global superstars love tennis enough to travel there just to watch it?

You'd imagine Jackman must have been since he's a pretty regular fixture at Wimbledon and the US Open, but I honestly can't remember seeing any. Maybe Aussie TV are less into celebrity worship?:-D
You see celebrities at the Wimbledon tennis championships because it's a social event, where British celebrities compete against each other.

The Telegraph, July 2017: "For two weeks every summer, all eyes are on Centre Court for the most gruelling battle of the year. No, not the tennis - but the fight to become champion of the Royal Box. Politicians, celebrities and actual Royalty all ruthlessly jostle to become king or queen of Wimbledon. They score points with their outfits, seating positions, and how many front pages they can hog. Competition has been particularly fierce this year...."
:D
 

ibbi

Legend
You see celebrities at the Wimbledon tennis championships because it's a social event, where British celebrities compete against each other.

The Telegraph, July 2017: "For two weeks every summer, all eyes are on Centre Court for the most gruelling battle of the year. No, not the tennis - but the fight to become champion of the Royal Box. Politicians, celebrities and actual Royalty all ruthlessly jostle to become king or queen of Wimbledon. They score points with their outfits, seating positions, and how many front pages they can hog. Competition has been particularly fierce this year...."
:D
I don't think anyone cares about British celebrities very much :-D it's when the likes of Cruise, Jackman, Bradley Cooper and Gerry Butler show up that people take notice. But yes, they have their royal box which they make a big deal out of. I think the issue is that there aren't many major movies filmed in France, and Australia, which is why you rarely see anyone beyond the locals at them.

Though now that I think of it I remember Will Smith being in Australia recently:unsure: Maybe he was doing Serena research.
 
Agreed, I consider Hugh Jackman a true gentleman ever since having seen the very pleasantly sweet ad-lib interview with Rollo - a former student of his - from a couple of years ago. Notabene all this whilst treading on a red carpet & playing the part of the invited promotional high-profile embodiment for a film festival.
Dude was already a class act long before attending acting classes.

 

Zetty

Hall of Fame
Gotta go with Kevin Spacey. One US Open he watched his man Murray from a seat all by himself in the upper deck. No one around. Listening to the broadcast.
Yea I'm sure he wanted to clap Murray's cheeks....wait I mean sit on his cheeks and clap for Murray.
 

Ducky Lucky

New User
I don't know about my favourite but my least favourite is definitely Cliff Richard. I once had the misfortune to be at Wimbledon when he "entertained" the crowd. It's the only good thing about the installation of the roof. Spared us a repeat!
You poor thing, watching on the TV was bad enough.
 
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