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Interview with Angela Mortimer
Winner of the Wimbledon Ladies Championship and world number one talks about her success
Sport 1961 4 mins
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At the time of this interview, Angela Mortimer was world number one and had won Wimbledon having beaten fellow Brit Christine Truman Janes 4-6 6-4 7-5. Angela was born in Plymouth in Devon and began playing tennis at the age of fifteen. Her career took off in the early fifties after she had teamed up with coach Arthur Roberts in Torquay. She won two other Grand Slam titles, the French Open in 1955 and the Australian Open in 1958, the same year she was a runner up at Wimbledon.
Angela was ranked in the top ten in the world for almost a decade. The Championships at Wimbledon is one of four prestigious Grand Slam tournaments for tennis and has been held at the All England Club since 1877. Unlike the Australian, US and French Open Championships, it is played on grass. Angela married the former tennis player turned sports commentator John Barrett. John and Angela both made it into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Tennis on Film
Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Instructional film/TV programme 1974 16 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.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
French tennis legend René Lacoste beats fellow countryman Henri Cochet to the 1928 Wimbledon men’s title
Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
Travelogue 1949 11 mins Location: Kew
A picturesque look at the attractions in Surrey, including Kew Gardens, Wimbledon and Guildford
Sport 1954 47 mins Location: Hampton
Wimbledon 1954, from the meticulous preparation of the 16 tennis courts to the finals and the glory on Centre Court.
Centred on Wimbledon
Sport 1947 23 mins Location: Wimbledon
An account of the 1947 Wimbledon tennis championship
Amateur film 1973 5 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
Wimbledon Centre Court action follows a summer wedding filled with flowers, flares and floppy hats in Geoffrey Woodward's film from 1973.
Amateur film 1934 4 mins Silent 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.
Wimbledon Tennis Finals and other Family Outings
Home movie 1927 17 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
Rare amateur footage of the Wimbledon Tennis Finals in 1927, and other day trips with the Simonds family from Suffolk.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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