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Tennis on Film

Quiet Please! Our unique collection serves up some nine decades of court action from Wimbledon and other UK tournaments.

The collection boasts no fewer than eight British Wimbledon winners: Maud Watson, Dorothy Round, Kitty Godfree, Angela Mortimer, Charlotte Cooper Sterry, Fred Perry, Ann Jones and Virginia Wade. Plus there’s grand slammers Betty Nuthall, Patrick Hughes, Roger Taylor and Mike Sangster, and an early appearance from a 15-year-old Sue Barker.

International icons include Frenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen, petite giant of the women’s game in the 1910s and 20s, and her compatriots Rene Lacoste and Jean Borotra; Australian No.1s 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 collections offers all the thrills of Centre Court - without the cricked neck...

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Tennis on Film

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View Centred on Wimbledon
Centred on Wimbledon
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Centred on Wimbledon 1947

An account of the 1947 Wimbledon tennis championship

25 mins United Kingdom

View Festival Wimbledon
Festival Wimbledon
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Festival Wimbledon 1951

Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships

22 mins United Kingdom

View Duke Beaten at Wimbledon
Duke Beaten at Wimbledon
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Duke Beaten at Wimbledon 1926

The future King George VI takes to the court at Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Colourful Wimbledon
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Colourful Wimbledon 1954

Wimbledon 1954, from the meticulous preparation of the 16 tennis courts to the finals and the glory on Centre Court.

48 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Hadingham

View The Wimbledon Story
The Wimbledon Story
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The Wimbledon Story 1956

Fred Perry explores the history of Wimbledon and goes behind the scenes of preparations for the tournament

13 mins United Kingdom

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View Sue Barker in the Ladies Tennis BP Cup
Sue Barker in the Ladies Tennis BP Cup
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Sue Barker in the Ladies Tennis BP Cup 1977

It's a question of Sue: tennis player Sue Barker competes against an American opponent in the Ladies Indoor Tennis BP Cup.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Britain Wins Wightman Cup
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Britain Wins Wightman Cup 1958

The British regain the Wightman Cup after 28 years, with a 4–3 victory over the United States team.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Winning Wimbledon
Winning Wimbledon
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Winning Wimbledon 1955

Highlights from the conclusion of the men’s and women’s singles at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 1955

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Hadingham

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Young Tennis Player Jo Louis
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Young Tennis Player Jo Louis 1980

Young tennis hopeful Jo Louis is at a coaching session in Torquay

5 mins United Kingdom

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Jumping over Tennis Net
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Jumping over Tennis Net 1903

The grown-ups of the Passmore clan let out their inner children as they leap over a tennis net in this early home movie

1 mins United Kingdom

View Babycham: Tennis
Babycham: Tennis
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Babycham: Tennis 1957

After your strenuous workout at the tennis club, you need a Babycham

1 mins United Kingdom

View Real Tennis
Real Tennis
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Real Tennis 1975

Judy Finnigan, early in her career as an Anglia TV reporter, interviewing 'real tennis' pro Brian Church.

3 mins United Kingdom

View Flappers' Fierce Tennis Duel
Flappers' Fierce Tennis Duel
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Flappers' Fierce Tennis Duel 1925

British star tennis player Betty Nuthall takes victory in the Junior Championships

1 mins United Kingdom

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Ann Jones
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Ann Jones 1968

Bernard Braden interviews British number one tennis player Ann Jones about controversial issues in the game.

20 mins United Kingdom

View Wimbledon's Jubilee
Wimbledon's Jubilee
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Wimbledon's Jubilee 1926

First ever women's champion Maud Watson (winner in 1884 & 85) joins the celebrations for Wimbledon’s 50th

2 mins United Kingdom

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Tennis is a Tricky Business
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Tennis is a Tricky Business 1983

Controversy over plans for Hartley Park Tennis Club in Plymouth

3 mins United Kingdom

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Little Lenglens
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Little Lenglens 1922

Young ladies take to the tennis courts at Weybridge Junior Championships

1 mins United Kingdom

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Bravo, Betty! 1930

Miss Betty Nuthall becomes the first overseas winner of the US Championship at Forest Hills.

United Kingdom

View Detachable Dress for Sportswomen
Detachable Dress for Sportswomen
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Detachable Dress for Sportswomen 1926

Take to the tennis courts without fear of a wardrobe malfunction in this sports kit for the modern woman

1 mins United Kingdom

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Real Tennis
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Real Tennis 1980

Tennis as the monks played it: Oxford University's real tennis is a million miles away from the professional circuit.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Nimble: Tennis Woman
Nimble: Tennis Woman
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Nimble: Tennis Woman 1964

An advertisement for Rank Hovis McDougall’s Nimble bread featuring a female tennis player.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Tennis Clothes
Tennis Clothes
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Tennis Clothes 1980

Is the sale of celebrity endorsed tennis gear a big racket or a match winning ace?

3 mins United Kingdom

View Pepsodent Twink: Tennis Girl
Pepsodent Twink: Tennis Girl
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Pepsodent Twink: Tennis Girl 1955

Worried about losing your good looks on the tennis field? No need with Twink!

1 mins United Kingdom

View Short Tennis for Children
Short Tennis for Children
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Short Tennis for Children 1979

Anglia TV report by Steve Rider in Norwich on 'short tennis', a new type of tennis to encourage children into the game.

7 mins United Kingdom

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International Tennis Stars
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International Tennis Stars 1927

Betty Nuthall and Cristobel Hardie take on Lambert Chambers and Elizabeth Ryan at the tennis tournament in Nice

1 mins United Kingdom

View British Tennis
British Tennis
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British Tennis 1924

Instructional film offering tips on a variety of tennis strokes, from serving and volleying to backhand and the smash.

10 mins United Kingdom

View Champions in the Making
Champions in the Making
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Champions in the Making 1930

English Junior Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, September 1930

1 mins United Kingdom

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Junior Tennis Championships
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Junior Tennis Championships 1924

Early newsreel film of British teenage tennis star Betty Nuthall at Wimbledon.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber
Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber
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Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber 1955

Hypnotic behind-the-scenes film showing the science behind a seemingly simple product.

4 mins England

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English Tennis Stars
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English Tennis Stars 1927

Britain's women tennis stars make the finals of the American National Championships at Forest Hills, New York.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Miss Dorothy Round
Miss Dorothy Round
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Miss Dorothy Round 1949

Star British tennis player Dorothy Round demonstrates various shots and footwork on the court.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Wimbledon
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Wimbledon 1928

French tennis legend René Lacoste beats fellow countryman Henri Cochet to the 1928 Wimbledon men’s title

1 mins United Kingdom

View Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club
Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club
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Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club 1920

Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton

5 mins United Kingdom

View How to Improve Your Play
How to Improve Your Play
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How to Improve Your Play 1947

Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.

19 mins United Kingdom

View The New VASSS Points System
The New VASSS Points System
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The New VASSS Points System 1968

US Real Tennis champ Jimmy Van Alen insists that his new scoring system VASSS-tly improves the game

5 mins United Kingdom Director. David Kenten

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Double Dose
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Double Dose 1970

Colchester Cine Club pay homage to Louis Lumiére's comedy silent film L'Arroseur Arrosé producing their own quirky version.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Pettit

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H.W. Austin
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H.W. Austin 1936

The correct way to play tennis, as illustrated by HW 'Bunny' Austin

11 mins United Kingdom Director. John Betts

View Roger Taylor v Mike Sangster
Roger Taylor v Mike Sangster
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Roger Taylor v Mike Sangster 1964

Two of the Best of British compete against each other in Torquay

4 mins United Kingdom

View Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Championship
Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Championship
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Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Championship 1977

Norfolk is doing well in the top group at the Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Tennis Championships in Norwich. Anglia TV reports in 1977.

4 mins United Kingdom

View Sue Mappin Interview
Sue Mappin Interview
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Sue Mappin Interview 1979

Tennis pro turned National Women's Team Manager, Sue Mappin, encourages confidence in East Anglia's top young players.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Teddy Tinling Fashions for Wimbledon
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Teddy Tinling Fashions for Wimbledon 1971

Fashion designer Teddy Tinling and a line-up of Wimbledon women tennis pros showcase the latest stylish custom-made sports wear.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Tennis Tactics
Tennis Tactics
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Tennis Tactics 1974

The “voice of wimbledon” Dan Maskell commentates as some of the world's top tennis players show us their moves and tactics on the court.

16 mins United Kingdom

View Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial
Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial
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Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial 1960

Light on his feet, Tony Mottram shows why he's one of Britain's most influential tennis coaches following a successful career as a tennis pro.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Linda Mottram Interview
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Linda Mottram Interview 1975

Tennis pro Linda Mottram at the Robinson's International Tournament in Norwich in 1975 speaking about equal pay for women competitors.

3 mins United Kingdom

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When Harry met Carole 1967

Love is the score for tennis doubles partners Carole Rosser and Harry Matheson

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View Interview with Angela Mortimer
Interview with Angela Mortimer
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Interview with Angela Mortimer 1961

Winner of the Wimbledon Ladies Championship and world number one talks about her success

4 mins United Kingdom

View O.G.A. Tennis Party - 30th June 1927
O.G.A. Tennis Party - 30th June 1927
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O.G.A. Tennis Party - 30th June 1927 1927

Members of the Old Girls' Association of Carmarthen's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for Girls meet on the school courts with some gentlemen.

1 mins Wales

View Tennis and Bowls at The Barclays
Tennis and Bowls at The Barclays
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Tennis and Bowls at The Barclays 1934

1930s home movie of a tennis party with the Salter and Bird families at a country house in Norfolk.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Plas Newydd - tennis, boating and backgammon
Plas Newydd - tennis, boating and backgammon
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Plas Newydd - tennis, boating and backgammon 1933

Tennis, boating and bathing is provided for the August socialising of royals and aristocrats at Plas Newydd, seat of the Marquis of Anglesey.

14 mins Wales

View Phyllosan Ad - Tennis
Phyllosan Ad - Tennis
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Phyllosan Ad - Tennis 1951

Phyllosan - the health supplement that helps keep you fit for tennis with your children

1 mins United Kingdom

View Tennis and How to Play It
Tennis and How to Play It
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Tennis and How to Play It 1922

Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis superstar and Wimbledon winner, shows off her technique for the cameras

15 mins United Kingdom

View Tennis World Championships Open at Wimbledon
Tennis World Championships Open at Wimbledon
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Tennis World Championships Open at Wimbledon 1921

Wonderful glimpse of the Wimbledon tennis championship at its former home on Worple Road, including some of the era’s top male and female players.

1 mins United Kingdom

View English Victory at Wimbledon
English Victory at Wimbledon
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English Victory at Wimbledon 1926

Action from the 1926 Wimbledon Ladies' Singles final between Kitty Godfree and Lilí de Álvarez.

2 mins United Kingdom

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