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Tennis movies aim for a three-set victory at the Toronto International Film Festival

Tennis movies aim for a three-set victory at the Toronto International Film Festival

The armchair film critic had some thoughts about the state of tennis on the big screen. And they weren’t good.

“There are almost no tennis movies,” said the critic from a hotel suite at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “And the few that there are,” she added, citing “Wimbledon” and “Love Story,” “are horrible.”

The commentator in question was not exactly Pauline Kael. In fact, she was someone better — Billie Jean King. The 12-time Grand Slam winner was speaking on behalf of the tennis-fan multitudes when she questioned the lack of movies about the sport.

But King’s presence here demonstrates that the absence could be addressed, at least for a minute. As...

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