(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/22; via Pam Green.)

On a practice court at the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, two men were playing some pretty ugly tennis. It was the Monday morning after the United States Open and as the subway rumbled by and workers unstrung banners and logos, Wilson Bethel and Alex Mickiewicz faced each other across the sunstruck acrylic turf.

Mr. Bethel, wearing maroon warm-up gear and a backward baseball cap, lolloped easy volleys to Mr. Mickiewicz, who was dressed all in black like a sporty supervillain. Mr. Mickiewicz sent some of those balls back over the net. Others thudded straight into it.

“These courts have never really seen play like this before,” his castmate, the actress Zoë Winters, deadpanned.

The actors had gathered at the foot of Arthur Ashe Stadium as part of rehearsals for “The Last Match,” a play by Anna Ziegler that begins previews at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater on Sept. 28.

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