Tennis Champ is a premium uncommon zombie card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Crazy class. She costs 1 to play, and has 1/1. She does not have any traits, and her ability gives her +3 for the turn she is played. Her plant counterpart is Bonk Choy.
- Class: Crazy
- Tribe: Sports Zombie
- Traits: None
- Ability: When played: This gets +3 this turn.
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Uncommon
When it's Plants vs. Zombies, the score is never love-love.
- Set change: Basic - Common → Premium - Uncommon
With her low cost of brains and the boost of strength given, this card is best used during the early turns, where fewer plants are present. If possible, use tricks that boost both strength and health, as more damage can be dealt.
In the later turns, if it is the turn for zombie tricks and there is a column available to attack the plant hero, or a newly played plant card you want to target, Professor Brainstorm can sneak Tennis Champ into play with Teleport or Teleportation Zombie. Furthermore, you do not need to save up more than two brains for the Teleport combo, but you can only use the Teleportation Zombie combo at turn 3 or later.
As Impfinity, when you first play this zombie, you can use Smoke Bomb, and move her into an empty lane (or a lane with a powerful plant in it), making her a 5/1. Although if you want to damage the hero more, Mini-Ninja would be a better option.
Keep in mind that Tennis Champ will turn into a 1/1 fighter after the turn you played her. You can try to boost her as Electric Boogaloo via Vitamin Z, Loudmouth, or as Z-Mech via Zombie Coach and Team Mascot due to her being a sports zombie. You can also use Mixed-Up Gravedigger or In-Crypted, as she will reactivate her ability when her gravestone is revealed.
In addition, while more expensive, Cuckoo Zombie is a 4/1 zombie that never reverts back to 1. Thusly, if looking for a glass cannon that can retain its strength, it is much better to use Cuckoo Zombie.
Keep in mind that her biggest downside is her base health, which is 1, as it does not increase without the use of zombie tricks or fighters, and that the strength boost wears off the next turn. Due to this, use Iceberg Lettuce, Chilly Pepper, or Big Chill on her, as it will stop her from dealing a high amount of damage to your plants. Cheap plants such as Peashooter or Admiral Navy Bean can destroy the Tennis Champ for a low sun cost. Alternatively, you don't even have to deal with her after freezing her, as she will turn into an useless 1/1, which can only be boosted via Beastly cards or Team Mascot. Plants with the Splash Damage trait such as Lightning Reed, Snapdragon, or Winter Melon can destroy her without needing to be in the same lane as her. You may also use tricks such as Weed Whack or Scorched Earth. Sour Grapes is a good way to deal with swarms of Tennis Champs. If you don't want to focus on shutting it down, Grape Responsibility can be played to let a plant take a hit from her. However, this is only possible starting from turn 2 and on.
- Her animation is very similar to that of Chimney Sweep's.
- Her ability may be a reference to serves being usually more powerful than normal swings in tennis.
- She is the second zombie based on tennis, with the first being Tennis Star.
- She is the only sports card in the Crazy class.
- Her description can be translated to "When it's Plants vs. Zombies, the score is never 0-0," as the word "love" is used when 0 points have been won in tennis.