No, John Isner or Ivo Karlovic didn't step down to a 15K Futures event to work on their returns of serve or vulture some ranking points, it turns out that the popular Kaley Cuoco, star of the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory”, took to the court in a flashy pink ensemble and showed the form that made her a tough USTA junior player when she was younger. This was all part of the Kaley Cuoco & Friends Exhibition, held Saturday night at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.
Cuoco, 28, happened to team with her new husband and professional player Ryan Sweeting for the exhibition. It all took place before the featured semifinal match at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas, a USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit Futures event.
Cuoco and Sweeting, a former top-50 player on the ATP World Tour played with Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center pros Brady Heite, Natasha Mucci, Ahmad Shiraz and Jonas Wallgard for about 20 minutes while Top Seed Director Steve McAvoy handled the commentary over the P.A. system.
The crowd enjoyed all the action, as did the award-winning actress.
“Ryan gave me a lot of pointers yesterday,” Cuoco said. “Actually I have been practicing for about three weeks. I thought I was going to want to kill him, but he was very sweet about it. My game is still deep down there somewhere.”
“Her key is she intimates opponents,” added Sweeting, who lost to Roberto Marcora, the No. 4 seed from Italy, 6-1, 6-2, in the opening round. In 2010 Sweeting lost in the singles final to Marinko Matosevic of Australia in the Calabasas Challengers final. “Kaley understands the trajectory of the ball now, rather than just hitting it.”
Cuoco plays "Penny" on "The Big Bang Theory" and she may have learned about trajectory and more from Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki.
Cuoco and Sweeting met last summer when mutual friend Mike Bryan of The Bryan Brothers introduced them to each other. Kaley and Mike were friends during their youth tennis days, where both trained at the Cabrillo Racquet Club under the guidance of Wayne and Kathy Bryan.
“I grew up with the Bryans (Mike and Bob) and we have been in each other’s lives forever,” Cuoco offered up. “I remember Wayne saying my sons are going to be the No. 1 doubles players in the world when they were only 10, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Cuoco and Sweeting were married on New Year’s Eve last year, and met after a World Team Tennis match in Dallas in August.
Cuoco laced forehands and backhands during the exhibition and worked up a sweat, “but I wasn’t expecting this much of a workout. That was like a Wayne Bryan workout with all the running around.”
Judging from the pictures, it looked like a ton of fun for all involved.