Whilst I and my fellow tennis fans are gearing up for the last grand slam of the year in Flushing Meadows, I thought I'd share these colorful vintage posters of the sport. They come from a recent auction catalog by Swann Galleries.
Kate Hepburn, one of the sportiest stars of them all. In the photo at right, she poses for a publicity picture with professional athlete Gussie Moran on the set of Pat and Mike. (Courtesy Everett Collection.)
Judy Garland and Paulette Goddard playing tennis at the Ambassador Hotel for charity.
Barbara Stanwyck! Then it's game, set, and match. Below, Ginger Rogers really goes for her shots—and manages to look fetching at the same time (just as she did in those impossibly intricate routines with Astaire).
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard goof off in their own giddy fashion. Below, pals Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart try a spot of table tennis, while the happiest couple in Hollywood, Bacall and Bogey, take a break from same.