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Will Smith Takes Up Tennis: A Funny Journey
Hollywood superstar Will Smith, known for his Oscar-winning performance in the 2022 film King Richard, has recently found inspiration to take up tennis. Despite not requiring any tennis skills for his role, Smith shared his first tennis lesson experience on social media, taking fans on a humorous journey.
A Funny Tennis Lesson Amidst Celebrations
While celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the iconic television show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith took to Instagram to share a hilarious clip of himself preparing for his tennis lesson. In the video, the A-list actor can be seen practicing his serve and backhand skills with great enthusiasm.
The Perfect Tennis Outfit
Before diving into the world of tennis, Smith made sure to sport the perfect outfit. He was dressed head to toe in Lacoste tennis gear, donning a bright white ensemble with black and yellow accents. As he joked in the video, a headband is a must-have accessory for playing tennis.
Forgetting the Essential Headband
The humorous clip showcases Will Smith hitting the court and starting his lesson. However, in a comedic twist, he forgets to wear his headband while playing and quickly becomes disappointed in himself. As he humorously remarks, the headband is an essential component of the tennis experience, and he feels he “blew it” by not wearing the complete ensemble.
Pursuing Hobbies during the Strike
With the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, many actors, including Will Smith, find themselves with extra time on their hands. Smith sees this period as a “pivotal moment” in his profession and has been able to pursue hobbies such as tennis. While filming for the fourth installment of Bad Boys, cameras stopped rolling due to the strike. However, the movie is still expected to be released in 2024.
From King Richard to Tennis
Will Smith gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard, ultimately winning his first Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. However, the night was not without controversy, as Smith made headlines for slapping Chris Rock during the ceremony. He later resigned from the Academy, acknowledging his actions as “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”
Given his recent venture into tennis, it raises curiosity whether Smith seeks advice from Serena and Venus Williams, whom he portrayed in King Richard. Only time will tell if he masters the sport and shares more funny training videos. Meanwhile, audiences can also catch the actor in his 2021 film, available with a Max subscription.