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The Imitation of Christ fashion show was staged poolside at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, but dressed in their crisp miniskirts, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson —working a new ’do she calls the “mullet-shag” — looked ready for a rally at the net instead.

Witherspoon, who boasts a fine backhand and even has a tennis movie in the works, turned up to cheer on her one-time roommate, IOC designer Tara Subkoff on Tuesday. “She’s the kind of friend who brings you chicken soup when you’re sick,” Witherspoon gushed.

This story first appeared in the April 3, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Meanwhile, rumor has it that Witherspoon and her husband, Ryan Phillippe, are ready to welcome a new roommate — make that a newborn roommate — into their home. Witherspoon’s publicist, Nanci Ryder, neither confirmed nor denied TV reports claiming the star is pregnant.

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