Custom Search 1

Legends on film to celebrate Wimbledon

GROUNDBREAKER: Althea Gibson poses after her 1958 Wimbledon win

THE British Film Institute launched a unique collection of nine decades of court action from Wimbledon and other UK tournaments last week.

The global cinema on-demand service, which features classic and contemporary films, will show the collection which boasts no fewer than eight British Wimbledon winners: International icons include Maud Watson, Dorothy Round, Kitty Godfree, Angela Mortimer, Charlotte Cooper Sterry, Fred Perry, Ann Jones and Virginia Wade.


Plus there are grandslammers Betty Nuthall, Patrick Hughes, Roger Taylor, and even an early appearance from a 15-year-old Sue Barker.

French player Suzanne Lenglen, petite legend of the women’s game in the 1910s and 20s, and her compatriots Rene Lacoste and Jean Borotra; Australian number ones Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad; ruthless Californian firebrand Pancho Gonzales and Althea Gibson, the first African- American to compete at Wimbledon.

With winning tips from the greats, amateur antics, tennis the junior game and a look at lawn tennis’s near-forgotten ancestor, ‘real tennis’, this ace collection offers all the thrills of Centre Court – without the cricked neck.

Log on to player.bfi. collections/ tennis-on-film/ to see the films.

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Annual subscription for The Voice newspaper print edition.

Read more stories like this in our weekly printed newspaper. To purchase an annual subscription, complete the form below and enter the code 'ONLINE2017.

* indicates required
() - (###) ###-####
Facebook Comments