Tennis players as Game of Thrones characters
I am currently inventing the idea of combining sports and pop culture on this website. Here's what I came up with:
Some spoilers ahead.
Jon Snow = Juan Martín Del Potro - lovable guy, cares a little too much, constantly looks bedraggled, lots of early career success before dying and then being resurrected as if nothing had happened
Cersei Lannister = Maria Sharapova - No explanations needed
Daenerys Targaryen = Simona Halep - Love to choke away winning a Slam, finally win a Slam, and then play horribly.
Sansa Stark = Angelique Kerber - Somehow, at the end of it all, Kerber and her three Slam titles endure. Don’t underestimate them
Tyrion Lannister = Diego Schwartzman - The height difference between Reilly Opelka (7 feet) and Diego Schwartzman (5-foot-6) is about the same as Tyrion to everyone in the show.
Jaime Lannister = Stefanos Tsitsipas - Jaime you want to look at me and talk? You think you’re a good kid?
Brienne of Tarth = Petra Kvitova - Yeah.
Theon Greyjoy = Grigor Dimitrov - I'm not sure Grigor Dimitrov also wasn't robbed of his identity and locked in a basement for years after he won Tour Finals in 2017.
On pure appearance, Theon also looks suspiciously like Andrey Rublev.
Bran Stark = Esther Vergeer - Only 48-time Grand Slam champion Esther Vergeer understands how Bran can move so quickly in his wheelchair.
Tywin Lannister = Ernests Gulbis - Rich dude tries something. It goes well for a while, but his hubris screws it up. Repeat.
Sandor Clegane = Fernando Verdasco - If only the Hound could ever overcome his greatest fear...Rafael Nadal.
Jorah Mormont = Stephane Robert - This is only because Robert looks like a young Mormont.
Sam Tarly = Bethanie Mattek-Sands - No knock on Mattek-Sands’ playing ability, she’s just so much better as a commentator. That makes Gilly = Lucie Safarova
Arya Stark = Carla Suarez Navarro - trained from the depths of the 1980s, both of them are short, crafty and can punish you for straying too close to the net with one hand
Robb Stark = Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - If only Jo had lived! Wait, he’s still playing? What?
Bronn = Bernard Tomic - “I’ll be sitting here, counting my millions.”
Varys = Philipp Kohlschreiber - Who is this bald(ing) dude, and why is he always around?
Night King = John Isner - You’re saying the way to beat this dude is to just get the ball back? Anywhere? And then you win? Alright then.
Grey Worm = Roberto Bautista Agut - Grey Worm is very good at his job. So is Bob. They would be good friends.
The Mountain = Reilly Opelka - Yes.
Oberyn Martell = Nick Kyrgios - Nick Kyrgios, about to win the 2026 US Open, goes for a tweener on match point, gets broken from 40-0 up, and collapses. Then Reilly Opelka gouges out his eyes.
Margaery Tyrell = Elina Svitolina - You always thought something more was coming, but it wasn't.
Euron Greyjoy = Fabio Fognini - It’s unrealistic for Fabio to be able to beat Nadal after nearly losing to Rublev, the writers are bad. Also Fabio’s look is often very Euron-like:
Missandei = Naomi Osaka - All she wanted to do was be a good person. And then you made her play tennis. Sigh.
Melisandre = Sloane Stephens - Every 20 episodes, Melisandre shows up and is the most influential character. Same with Sloane.
Davos Seaworth = Mihaela Buzarnescu - From complete unknown to actually important, these two are in it for the long haul.
Tormund Giantsbane = Nikoloz Basilashvili - Basil and Tormund went from bit players to respected warriors to fan favorites, all without changing very much at all.
Catelyn Stark = Caroline Wozniacki
Petyr Baelish = Justin Gimelstob
Joffrey Baratheon = Marcos Baghdatis and his tennis racquets - Marcos, why you gotta break everything like that? Geez.
Ramsay Bolton = Hsieh Su-Wei - I’d imagine playing tennis against Hsieh is like having to deal with Ramsay Bolton.
Podrick = Radek Stepanek - Google Radek Stepanek girlfriends. Okay, it’s crazy, right! What does he know? How?
Beric Dondarrion = Pablo Cuevas - Cuevas has been injured approximately 283 times in his career. Keeps coming back. 16-3 with two Challenger titles and No. 18 in the race. That’s fight. The Uruguayan night is long and full of terrors.
Thoros of Myr = Martin Cuevas
Jaqen H’ghar = Jaqen H’ghar - Pretty sure H’ghar is ranked No. 187 in the world, right?
Meera Reed = Anastasia Sevastova
Edd = Tommy Robredo
Viserys Targaryen = Denis Shapovalov - Denis looks like a Targ, genuinely. He could be Denys III: The Inconsistent
Drogo = Lleyton Hewitt
Golden Company = The entirety of American men’s tennis
Syrio = Radwanska
Daario = Feliciano Lopez
Renly Baratheon = Richard Gasquet
Rickon Stark = Taro Daniel
The High Sparrow = Barbora Strycova
Roose Bolton = Gilles Simon
Olenna Tyrell = Kirsten Flipkens
Lysa Arryn = Danielle Collins
Jeor Mormont = Guillermo Garcia Lopez
Wun wun = Milos Raonic
Ellaria Sand = Garbiñe Muguruza
Pycelle = Jeremy Chardy
Talisa Maegyr = Gianluca Mager’s Cousin, or Dominika Cibulkova
Yara Greyjoy = Madison Keys
Ygritte = Monica Puig
Hodor = Ivo Karlovic
Shae = Varvara Lepchenko
Lyanna Mormont = Daria Gavrilova
Tommen Baratheon = Kyle Edmund
Walder Frey = Mikhail Kukushkin