Best Films About Tennis to Watch After “Challengers”

Will Smith in
Will Smith in "King Richard"

Challengers is serving up some impressive box office numbers since hitting the theaters, and it made the world fall in love with tennis all over again. If you’re in the mood for some more movies that explore the world of the white sport, here are a few worth checking out.


Zendaya isn’t the first leading lady from the Spider-Man movies to lead the way in the tennis dramedy. Kirsten Dunst paved the way with the lead role in Wimbledon, which centered on an up-and-coming tennis player trying to prove her worth at the iconic tournament.

Battle of the Se-es

Emma Stone also proves that the “Spider-Man to tennis pipeline” is very real. She played the tennis icon Billie Jean King in Battle of the Se-es, which chronicles the controversy surrounding her exhibition match with Bobby Riggs.

King Richard

Many of the best tennis films are inspired by true stories, including the tale of Richard Williams, the feather and coach of Venus and Serena Williams, whose careers significantly influenced Zendaya’s approach to her character Tashi Duncun.

Borg vs McEnroe

The rivalry between Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor’s characters is one of the driving forces behind Challengers. If you’re in the mood for another film that focuses on an iconic tennis rivalry, it doesn’t get better than Borg vs McEnroe.