Tennis And The Movies


I grew up in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, California. I lived down the block from Disney Studios, 3 blocks from NBC Studios, and close to Warner Bros and Burbank Studios. In fact my grandfather worked for the studios in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s as a carpenter and my father worked for Disney Studios in the 60’s and 70’s.

Walt Disney Studios


I have always liked to watch movies and immerse myself into a fictional life. As a girl, I would come home from school and if I wasn’t playing basketball, softball, or tag outside I watched the afternoon matinee on TV. Mom and I would watch all the oldies together and every March we’d enjoy the Oscars. Movies are a bit like wine, what one likes is very individual so I will not try to rate one for you. There are many famous sport inspired movies but there are very few inspired by tennis, and most are not notable, at least by the critics' standards. On the off chance you need a tennis movie or just some tennis in a movie try these:

Pat and Mike movie 1952Pat and Mike, from 1952. It is romantic comedy about a brilliant female tennis player and golfer in the 50’s.   Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who are of course brilliant, play the leads. It is fun to see what sports were like then and how they differ now. Women in sports in the 1950’s!

Wimbledon is a romantic comedy from 2004. Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany are the leads. One is a tennis player on the rise while the other is on the fall. It’s a fun story and well played. Not quite Tracy/Hepburn but still a fun movie.

Strangers on a Train is a 1950 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This is a suspense thriller. Not a lot of tennis playing but one of the main characters is a professional tennis player and it’s a Hitchcock film!

Also on my list is a 2011 film called Bridesmaids. It stars Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy. Now this film is really not at all about tennis, but it does have one very tell tale scene about women and recreational tennis. Click on this link: Bridesmaids and watch it, then tell me if you haven’t met any of these ladies on the court!

Love ActuallyLast on my list is a movie with nothing to do about tennis but we at Wristpect Sport loved the name and its double-entendre enough to make it into a shirt. Love Actually. This 2003 flim stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson. And as I said it is nothing about tennis, but it is set in England (reminds me of Wimbledon) with British actors (reminds me of Wimbledon) and the name is part of a tennis score (Love). Maybe you don’t watch the movie, but how can you not think Tennis is Love Actually?


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