Anyone for Tennis?

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The phrase Anyone for tennis? is thought to have originated from George Bernard Shaw's 1914 play Misalliance, in which Johnny Tarleton asks "Anybody on for a game of tennis?" This phrase is often used to typify a particular genre of drawing room comedy about the leisured upper class.[citation needed] This phrase has been used several times in popular culture, including in the song "Beautiful Girl" in the movie musical Singin' in the Rain, and as the title of a song by the British blues-rock band Cream. It is also mentioned in the popular 1975 song Patricia the Stripper by Chris de Burgh. Other uses of the phrase in pop culture include: The stage play Anyone for Denis?, referring to Denis Thatcher. In June 2012, after the English national football team was eliminated from that year's European championships, The Sun newspaper announced that Britain could still win Wimbledon, using the headline "Anyone for Tennis?" Two weeks later when British hopeful Andy Murray lost the Wimbledon final, The Sun asked "Anyone for Ennis?" in reference to hopes that English track-and-field athlete Jessica Ennis could take home the gold in that year's Summer Olympics. Daffy Duck used the phrase in the cartoons Rabbit Fire, Drip-Along Daffy and The Ducksters.
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