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Challengers: Meet the Former Tennis Star Who Helped Bring Zendaya’s Game to Life

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film is an electric and sexy romp about sports, competition, and of course, a . But for Kathryn “Kara” Hall, the film rang true—and bittersweet.Hall, 28, had spent most of her childhood and young adulthood devoting her entire life to tennis, first as a junior player and then as a college athlete at the University of Michigan.

Realizing she wasn’t going to go pro, Hall hung up her racket after graduation and focused on building the next chapter of her life without the sport that had thus far defined it.

She got a normal corporate job in Chicago, got married, and focused on balance.“I kind of pushed tennis away, and I was like, I'm not this tennis player anymore.

It took up too much of my life when I was younger,” she tells me.That is until 2022, when out of the blue she was contacted by producers for the film, Challengers.

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