Zendaya praises Sinner and shares a funny confession: "I'm really bad with tennis"

The actress talked about the Italian champion during the promotional tour of the film Challengers

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Zendaya praises Sinner and shares a funny confession: "I'm really bad with tennis"
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"It was wonderful to see Jannik Sinner live, truly a fantastic thing. The chair umpire's mistake? Honestly, I didn't see the ball go out by a few centimeters but it must be said that I'm really incompetent at tennis! And for me every tennis players is very good and fantastic."

Zendaya, who will star in the highly anticipated film Challengers by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, was present at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, where she witnessed the match between Jannik Sinner and Stafanos Tsitsipas. The beautiful actress then moved to Italy for the promotional tour of the film, also passing through Milan.

She was interviewed by the well-known Italian presenter Fabio Fazio in his show Che Tempo Che Fa, broadcast on the Italian Canale 9, she spoke about the young Italian and tennis. Tennis which is at the center of her film Challengers, of which she is the protagonist.

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Challengers, the highly anticipated tennis film starring Zendaya

The plot of the film said: "Tashi Duncan (Zendaya - ed.) is a promising player in world tennis, who plays to seduce two tennis players who are friends of each other, Art and Patrick.

However, after a serious knee injury, Tashi has to leave the court and she remains in the world of tennis as the coach of her husband, Art. After some victories, Tashi enters her husband Art in the Challenger Tour, where fate wants him to clash with Patrick, Tashi's ex-boyfriend."

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The film was chosen as the opening film out of competition at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, but due to the strike of the actors' unions, the screening in Venice was cancelled. The film had its world premiere in Sydney on 26 March 2024.

In the United States the film was banned for unaccompanied minors under 17 due to the presence of explicit scenes and content.

Filming of the film, which began on May 3, 2022 in Boston, ended on June 26 of the same year, while post-production concluded in April 2023. To prepare for her role, Zendaya spent three months training with coach Brad Gilbert.

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