Encounters: Amanda Peet Struggles With Her Tennis Game


The actress, a star of the new series “The Romanoffs,” also tries not to spill secrets about the “Game of Thrones” finale.

Amanda Peet playing tennis in Midtown Manhattan with her coach Sanjin Kunovac.CreditCreditNina Westervelt for The New York Times

Amanda Peet’s first ball smacked right into the net. So did the second. The third? That one whammed right into the groin of the Sanjin Kunovac, her tennis coach.

“I’m so sorry,” she said with a shriek.

“We haven’t had our children yet,” he said, trying to straighten up.

It was a recent Thursday afternoon and Mr. Kunovac was giving Ms. Peet tennis lessons at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club on West 43rd Street. He had arrived with his fiancée, Kat Sorokko, another tennis coach. (A few days earlier, he had proposed, spelling out I <3 U in red and yellow tennis balls. He showed the video.)

Ms. Peet is known as an actress (she appears in the new Amazon series “The Romanoffs”), but she is also a playwright. She met the tennis couple when she was researching “Our Very Own Carlin McCullough,” a play about a tennis prodigy that had its premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles this summer….

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