Posted by Henry on December 29, 2003
In Reply to: Tennis, anyone? posted by Peter Weiss on December 29, 2003
: Does anyone know the origin of this phrase?
Where did the phrase "Anyone for tennis?" come from? Carla Bannerman, New York
It was a Humphrey Bogart line from a 1930s Broadway play. Alas, not even the great Bud Collins, the author of the tennis encyclopaedia and a chap who has been watching tennis for a lifetime, can remember which Broadway play. However, given that Humph always played the hard man in the movies, appearing as a tennis-playing fop went down rather well with the theatregoers.