By Erik Gudris | @atntennis | Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Saturday Night time Reside (SNL) has typically poked enjoyable on the tennis world and its gamers. Final weekend’s present with visitor host Jason Momoa served up yet one more hilarious skit – this time paying tribute to one of many sport’s most iconic occasions.
The long-running comedy sketch present, now in its forty ninth season, offered its personal tackle the Battle of the Sexes match, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
Within the skit referred to as “The Untold Battle of the Sexes”, a pretend Netflix documentary reveals a fictional high-stakes match that supposedly befell earlier than the historic assembly between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs on the Houston Astrodome in 1973.
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— Saturday Night time Reside – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 19, 2023
The skit starring collection common Sarah Sherman as “Charna Lee Diamond”, an unheralded WTA participant who takes on “Ronnie Dunster” performed by Momoa. Dunster is described as “the biggest man to ever play tennis.”
To not give an excessive amount of away, the match between Diamond and Dunster shortly goes horribly flawed.
This isn’t the primary time the historic match between King and Riggs has been referenced on movie or tv.
Again in 2017, a characteristic movie in regards to the match and the gamers referred to as “Battle of the Sexes” was launched, starring Oscar winner Emma Stone as King and Steve Carrell as Riggs.
The unique Battle of the Sexes match, the place King defeated Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, earned 90 million primetime tv viewers, making it some of the watched sports activities occasions of all time.
You’ll be able to watch the entire sketch on SNL’s YouTube channel.
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