Is the buzzy new film Challengers about tennis, sex or just hitting middle age? This week, Lilah invites the FT’s resident film buff and our US sports expert to talk through it. The film stars Zendaya, is directed by Luca Guadagnino, and features a love triangle, a low-level tennis tournament and three sweaty bodies. Our guests today are the FT’s deputy arts editor Raphael Abraham and US sports business correspondent Sara Germano.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

Challengers is in cinemas now. Here’s the FT’s review by Danny Leigh:

– Raph Abraham’s recent interview with 22-year-old Italian tennis sensation Jannik Sinner:

– Sara Germano’s piece, ‘Taylor Swift, the NFL, and a new wave of female sports fandom’:

– Sara Germano is on X @germanotes

More or Less:

– Sara recommends Inside the NBA, hosted by Shaq and Charles Barkley on TNT.

– Raph wants more original content. Here’s an FT Weekend piece on poptart film Unfrosted:

– Lilah wants less worrying about small talk. Here’s Jo Ellison’s column which that she mentions:


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