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20 Times Tennis Players Were Actors

The Oscars are coming up, so we at tennischannel.com thought it’d be fun to look back at the times tennis players stepped out into the world of acting. Some were hard to find, and we probably missed some, but here are 20 times tennis players acted in movies, TV shows, music videos and more:

1. John McEnroe stepped into Larry David’s world on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm:

2. Monica Seles waited tables at her own All-Star Cafe on ‘90s sitcom The Nanny:

3. Andre Agassi entered the world of sitcoms too, with a virtual reality cameo on Mad About You:

4. Roger Federer spent hours in make up to go incognito for a Wilson commercial:

5. Serena Williams also went incognito for Wilson, teaching tennis to kids as alter ego ’Summer’:

6. The 23-time Grand Slam champion also donned a powersuit to play a lawyer on Drop Dead Diva:

7. Venus Williams dominated a whack-a-mole machine for an American Express commercial:

8. And both Williams sisters had an Oreo-inspired war of words with another sibling power pair:

9. A young Ernests Gulbis acted with his mother in the 1998 Latvian film “The Devastated Nest”:

10. Chris Evert couldn’t shake her biggest rival - even after retiring - on Saturday Night Live:

11. With Scooter’s help, Anna Kournikova helped the police in 2000 comedy film Me, Myself & Irene:

12. Kournikova also played Enrique Iglesias’ love interest in his music video for Escape:

13. Rafael Nadal played Shakira’s love interest in her music video for Gypsy:

14. And Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were in the music video for Hello by Martin Solveig:

15. Here’s Djokovic showing off his character acting, live and in front of thousands of tennis fans:

16. Andy Roddick had a painful travel day in this American Express commercial:

17. Victoria Azarenka moonlighted as a flight attendant in a Redfoo music video (see 2:10):

18. Sue Barker interviewed a legendary doubles team on British comedy show French & Saunders:

19. Vijay Amritraj’s acting career included a role in James Bond film Octopussy - here’s a (brief) clip:

20. And a whole host of tennis stars witnessed the greatest match in tennis history in 7 Days In Hell:

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