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What celebrities, famous people or events have been connected to tennis?

Charlie Chaplin was a big tennis fan, he hit the courts almost every day and was taight by the coach of Mo Connolly and Alice Marble, both Wimbledon champs.

Marble's good friends were Carole Lombrad and Clark Gable, who used to watch her play.

French history has been influenced by tennis. The famous "tennis court oath" was part of the French revolution, and one French King (Charles VIII) died after hitting his head on a low stone doorway while leaving his private tennis court. He must have still been been bragging about his forehand rather than watching where he was going!
 

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Barbra Streisand had fits one year cheering Agassi at Wimbledon.

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Jack Nicholson watched 2001 Wimby final. And Bill Clinton watched Andre's match (i'm not sure was it 1/4final or 1/2final ???) at 2001 French Open <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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it was 1/4 of Roland Garros and up to the moment Clinton arrived on central court,Agassi played bad and lost. lol <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

Jason Kidd (basketball star) is a big fan of Lindsay Davenport and Pete Sampras.he was at Us Open 2000 or 2001.

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Farrah Fawcett was a big tennis queen in the '70's. She even had a hush-hush affair with Vincent Van Patten around '77 or so. Van Patten (his father was star of 8 is Enough) was a lower ranked pro for several years before joining the family in acting. He did have a win over McEnroe in '81 I think.

Farrah was often seen at the US Open and made the cover of Tennis magazine in '77 (she was on the cover of everything in 77!). She also played and beat Bill Cosby in a Battle of the Sexes tennis special on tv that year.

Farrah rocks! Too bad she is a little loopy now and has had bad plastic surgery. I still have a Farrah pillow, rug and all the posters!
 

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Johnny Carson used to be a Wimbledon regular and saw him (on TV) at a men's event in California quite a few years ago. The USO usually brings out the celebs: Candace Bergen, Mary Tyler Moore, Mike Wallace, Donald Trump.
 

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Vanessa Williams saw the USOpen 2001 finals <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <br />But I don't know if she watch tennis with regularity<br /> <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
 

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Steffi is good friends with Buddy Cliff(Richards)(well at least when they are sitting together during wimbledon <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> )
 

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Tom Hanks watched the Wimbledon Final between Rafter and Sampras. Also I've seen pics of Nicole Kidman , Tom Cruise and Hugh Grant at Wimbledon.<br />Helen Hunt was at last years Us OPen final I think I saw her this year as well but I'm not sure.
 

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Oh and Boris Yeltsin was at this years Kremlin Cup Final <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> . He is a good friend of Kafelnikov
 

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Brandy watched a few Venus and Serena matches at the Open. Many stars attended the Open. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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The prince and princess of Belgium are tennis fans. They watched Kim and Justine's grand slam finals this year and the story goes that their meeting wasn't prearranged, no no, they met on a tennis court since both are tenni splayers. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Oh and that tennis court oath during the French Revolution was actually an oath on a 'jeu de paumes' field. That game is similar to tennis but not the same cause players hit a small ball with teir hand palms (paumes). The game is still played in France, Belgium and Spain today.
 

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Past and recent US Open celeb spectators:

Alec Baldwin (big fan of Monica)<br />Kim Basinger<br />Sophia Loren (watched Jim Courier one year)<br />Helen Hunt<br />Matthew Modine<br />David Schwimmer<br />Eddie Cahill<br />Justin Timberlake (Nsync)<br />Lance Bass (Nsync) (Claimed to like Anna Kournikova)<br />Tom Cruise (he met Cara Black at Wimby once)<br />Nicole Kidman<br />Robin Williams (also plays Andre and Pete's charity matches out in LA)<br />Billy Crystal (as above with Robin Williams)<br />JFK Jr.<br />Darryl Hannah<br />Clint Eastwood

Charlton Heston is an avid fan and player.

Matthew Perry watches the LA tourneys quite frequently. He was a former junior player himself.

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) attended Wimbledon this year.

Seal the British singer has attended several American events and Wimbledon a few times.

Elton John has been seen at Wimbledon a few times.

Liz Hurley attended that charity event outside Buckingham Palace, that infamously spawned the Kournikova comments that Liz was ugly. I don't think Liz is a big tennis fan. She seems to turn up at a lot of events in her spare time.

Andy Dick attended Andre and Pete's charity event out in LA. Not sure if he participated or just watched. Not sure if he's even into tennis.

Brooke Shields' grandfather, Frank Shields was a former player who reached a Grand Slam final, or at least participated in a Grand Slam event. Not too sure. Brooke used to play Chris Evert's charity event annually. It was said that with a little coaching, she could've been a decent player.

Michael Bolton also played Chris' charity event for a number of years.

I can't remember his name (does that still qualify him as a celebrity?), but the producer of the Oliver Stone movie "Heaven & Earth" organizes his filming schedule around the Grand Slam events because he likes to attend them. Maybe it was Oliver Stone himself (???).

Craig Kilborn is a big Kournikova fan. But that's probably the extent of his interest in the sport. Oh wait, he did have Andy Roddick on his talkshow once. Or was that Jay Leno? Confused.

Jay Leno has had the Williams sisters on his program before, I think.

David Letterman seems to be a big fan of tennis players in general. He's had a whole slew of them on his show. Sampras, Davenport, Graf, Rafter, and Safin, to name a few. And Letterman seems to know his shit when it comes to tennis players. Or is that his research team?

Emma George, the former world record-holding polevaulter attends the Hopman Cup regularly now that she trains and lives in Perth. She's attended the last two finals.

Ian Thorpe attended the Adidas International this year, and then the Australian Open. Not sure if it was a new interest thing, or a Martina "Human Interest" Hingis thing. As if. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) apparently likes playing tennis. He once said that he played tennis every day now that he has moved in with Stephen Daldry, the director of "Billy Elliot." Daldry owns a mansion with swimming pool and tennis courts.
 

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Carl Lewis was at the Atlanta 96 dubs Bronze medal match, he actually asked Arantxa and Conchita for an autographed ball and a photo <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> ! I think Arantxa almost fainted <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 
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