As always, there was no shortage of celebrities at the US Open in New York over the weekend. After all, who else can afford the steep — no, exorbitant — prices charged for a seat at Arthur Ashe Stadium?
Maybe because we’re used to seeing Ben Affleck sitting next to the Red Sox dugout at Fenway, it was a little weird to see the actor and his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus among the crowd watching the world’s No. 1 player Rafael Nadal dismantle Kevin Anderson in the men’s finals.
Others who paid a pretty penny to enjoy some of the weekend tennis action, including the Sloane Stephens/Madison Keys women’s final, were Tiger Woods, actress Uma Thurman, actress Olivia Wilde and boyfriend Jason Sudeikis, actor James Franco, Justin Timberlake, Anna Wintour, Placido Domingo, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, actress Julianna Margulies, Jane Krakowski, Liev Schreiber, and Jerry Seinfeld, among others.
Professional tennis is having something of a Hollywood moment right now. “Battle of the Sexes,” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, just premiered to mixed reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film tells the story of Billie Jean King’s much-hyped match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.
And then there’s “Borg/McEnroe,” which also debuted in Toronto. The films stars Shia LaBeouf as tennis tantrum-thrower John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as the more serene Swede Bjorn Borg. The film centers on the pair’s epic 1980 match at Wimbledon.
Here are the trailers for each.