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Sue Barker in the Ladies Tennis BP Cup
It's a question of Sue: tennis player Sue Barker competes against an American opponent in the Ladies Indoor Tennis BP Cup.
News 1977 5 mins
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Cheer on former British tennis ace Sue Barker as she takes on an American opponent in the Ladies Indoor Tennis BP Cup. Join the spectators as they applaud some excellent play from the stands and keep track of the score on the "USA v GB" scoreboard. When this footage was shot, Barker was the reigning French Open champion. Not bad for a girl from Paignton!
During her tennis career, Sue Barker won 11 WTA titles including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open Championship. Sue reached a career-high singles ranking of World no. 3. In 1977, when this film was shot, she had in the previous month been knocked out in the semi-finals at the Autralian Open. Later that year she went on to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals unexpectedly losing to Betty Stove.
Tennis on Film
Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial
Instructional film/TV programme 1960 7 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.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
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.
How to Improve Your Play
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
From Paignton to Dartmouth
Amateur film 1954 5 mins Silent Location: Paignton
An intimate family trip is captured in Devon's beautiful South Hams.
Holiday Season on the English Riviera
News 1970 3 mins Location: Paignton
How are resorts on the English Riviera gearing up for the latest tourist season?
Amateur film 1957 31 mins Silent Location: Paignton
The camera - perhaps wielded by an enthusiastic dad - was ever-present on this family holiday in 1950s Devon
Tiger cubs born at Paignton Zoo
News 1973 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Cubs come out to play at Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo Young
News 1976 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Baby Season at Paignton Zoo - meet the new arrivals
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Land, Drop and Roll; Parachutists have landed on Paignton Green near the harbour
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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