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...
Sport195447 mins Location: Hampton
Wimbledon 1954, from the meticulous preparation of the 16 tennis courts to the finals and the glory on Centre Court.
Sue Barker in the Ladies Tennis BP Cup
News19775 mins Location: Paignton
It's a question of Sue: tennis player Sue Barker competes against an American opponent in the Ladies Indoor Tennis BP Cup.
Torquay interviews with US and UK women's tennis teams
News19754 mins Location: Torquay
Sue Barker competes in a tennis match in the lead up to the US v. UK Women's Wightman Cup
Jumping over Tennis Net
Home movie19031 minsSilent Location: Streatham
The grown-ups of the Passmore clan let out their inner children as they leap over a tennis net in this early home movie
First Frenchman to Be Tennis Champion
French tennis aces Jean Borotra and René Lacoste prepare to face each other at Wimbledon.
Detachable Dress for Sportswomen
Take to the tennis courts without fear of a wardrobe malfunction in this sports kit for the modern woman
International Tennis Stars
Betty Nuthall and Cristobel Hardie take on Lambert Chambers and Elizabeth Ryan at the tennis tournament in Nice
Short Tennis for Children
Sport19798 mins Location: Norwich
Anglia TV report by Steve Rider in Norwich on 'short tennis', a new type of tennis to encourage children into the game.
Instructional film/TV programme192413 minsSilent
Instructional film offering tips on a variety of tennis strokes, from serving and volleying to backhand and the smash.
Fourth Lawn Tennis Tournament for the Championship of Northumberland
19217 minsSilent Location: Berwick-upon-Tweed
The 1921 Northumberland Tennis tournament: men and women’s tennis in a beautiful location.
Lew Hoad v Pancho Gonzalez on the Pro Tennis Tour
Sport196420 mins Location: Carlyon Bay
Pro game is an exhibition of the greatest talents
Making of Tennis Balls at Rex Rubber
Amateur film19556 minsSilent Location: Bradford-On-Avon
Hypnotic behind-the-scenes film showing the science behind a seemingly simple product.
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film19343 minsSilent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
Tennis; The Most Democratic of Games for Both Sexes
Anyone for tennis? Give your game the professional touch with the help of this enlightening 1920s instructional film.
Tennis - The new VASSS Points System
News19685 mins Location: Cambridge
American Real Tennis champ Jimmy Van Alen insists that his new scoring system VASSS-tly improves the game! Anglia TV remain unconvinced.
Amateur film19706 mins Location: Colchester
Colchester Cine Club pay homage to Louis Lumiére's comedy silent film L'Arroseur Arrosé producing their own quirky version.
Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Championship
Sport19774 mins Location: Norwich
Norfolk is doing well in the top group at the Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Tennis Championships in Norwich. Anglia TV reports in 1977.
Teddy Tinling Fashions for Wimbledon
News19713 minsSilent Location: Wimbledon
Fashion designer Teddy Tinling and a line-up of Wimbledon women tennis pros showcase the latest stylish custom-made sports wear.
Sue Mappin Interview
Sport19794 mins Location: Norwich
Tennis pro turned National Women's Team Manager, Sue Mappin, encourages confidence in East Anglia's top young players.
Instructional film/TV programme197416 mins
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.
Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial
Instructional film/TV programme19607 mins
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.
Linda Mottram Interview
News19754 mins Location: Norwich
Tennis pro Linda Mottram at the Robinson's International Tournament in Norwich in 1975 speaking about equal pay for women competitors.
Interview with Angela Mortimer
Sport19614 mins Location: Wimbledon
Winner of the Wimbledon Ladies Championship and world number one talks about her success
O.G.A. Tennis Party - 30th June 1927
Amateur film19271 minsSilent Location: Carmarthen/Caerfyrddin
Members of the Old Girls' Association of Carmarthen's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for Girls meet on the school courts with some gentlemen.
Plas Newydd - tennis, boating and backgammon
Home movie193315 minsSilent Location: Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
Tennis, boating and bathing is provided for the August socialising of royals and aristocrats at Plas Newydd, seat of the Marquis of Anglesey.
Tennis and Bowls at The Barclays
Home movie19344 minsSilent Location: Norwich
1930s home movie of a tennis party with the Salter and Bird families at a country house in Norfolk.
English Victory at Wimbledon
Non-Fiction19262 minsSilent Location: Wimbledon
Action from the 1926 Wimbledon Ladies' Singles final between Kitty Godfree and Lilí de Álvarez.
Tennis World Championships Open at Wimbledon
Non-Fiction19212 minsSilent Location: Wimbledon
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.
Norfolk Women's Tennis Team in Prudential County Cup
Sport19783 mins Location: Cromer
Ranked number 9 internationally, tennis pro Lesley Charles speaks to Anglia TV in Cromer.
Tennis Player and Referee Alan Mills
Sport19611 mins Location: Budleigh Salterton
Alan Mills competes in an open lawn tournament at Budleigh Salterton
Tennis match at St Lawrence Hall, Isle of Wight
Amateur film19302 minsSilent Location: St Lawrence
Join members of Lord Jellicoe's family as they enjoy an out-of-season doubles match at the family home at St Lawrence Hall near Ventnor.
Amateur film19344 minsSilent Location: Wimbledon
There's plenty of Wimbledon action in this short film from 1934 - the year when both singles titles were won by British champions.
Amateur film19735 minsSilent Location: Wimbledon
Wimbledon Centre Court action follows a summer wedding filled with flowers, flares and floppy hats in Geoffrey Woodward's film from 1973.
Crawley & District Bowling and Lawn Tennis club
Amateur film192711 minsSilent Location: Crawley
Percy Nightingale captures pipe-puffing old codgers on the bowling green while stout ladies do battle on the tennis courts of 1920s Crawley.
Frensham August 1933
Amateur film19339 minsSilent Location: Frensham
This nostalgic film shows the Staley family larking about in swimwear, playing tennis and enjoying the lazy days of summer in 1930s Surrey.
N.A.C.A.M. Convention in Eastbourne
Amateur film19258 minsSilent
The Nightingale family are out and about in 1920s Eastbourne, playing tennis in cloche hats, golfing in tweeds, touring the Downs and smoking.