OCTOBER 2017
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This guy taught Emma Stone how to play tennis like Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes

CultureMap Houston

Former pro tennis player
Vince Spadea made sure the tennis scenes – really the final 16 minutes of the movie – look
authentic. Spadea is listed in the final credits as “tennis choreographer/technical advisor.”

“I went to Steve Carell’s house a bunch of times to work out some of the tennis sequences, but mainly my job was to
make Emma Stone a believable Billie Jean King,” Spadea said. “I don’t think Emma had played any tennis at all before
this project. I wasn’t going to turn her into a competitive player, a real-life Billie Jean King, overnight. Instead we
concentrated on helping Emma imitate Billie Jean’s athletics, her demeanor, how she held her racket, how she hit her
strokes."

“We worked on technique and set-up, where Billie Jean’s hands and legs and eyes were when she hit the ball, how high
she took back her racket, where her shoulders were, her follow-through. It was more about nuance and geometry, grips,
and racket angles. Plus, we hit tennis balls repetitively for several months.”

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