The biggest strife with tennis films has been the on-court scenes. The majority of famous actors aren’t very capable tennis players, and the action shots end up looking fake, awkward and utterly disappointing. This is not the case with the Battle of the Sexes, which stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Carell brought in some tennis experience, but a skilled body double, Vince Spadea, replicated Riggs’ forehands and backhands. Stone had never seriously played tennis in her life.