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Wimbledon Centre Court action follows a summer wedding filled with flowers, flares and floppy hats in Geoffrey Woodward's film from 1973.
Amateur film 1973 5 mins Silent
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Geoffrey Woodward's short film from 1973 starts with a bride and groom exiting a church while guests and bridesmaids chat and pose for photos with the happy couple. We then see men rolling back tarpaulins on Wimbledon's Centre Court in preparation for a ladies singles match. This is soon followed by a men's singles match which ends the film.
The 1973 Wimbledon Championships were the subject of a boycott by members of the recently formed men's player's union, the Association of Tennis Professionals. This was due to the earlier suspension of Yugoslavia's number one player, Nikola Pilić, after he refused to play in a Davis Cup tournament. Eighty-one top men's players from the ATP, including the reigning champion, Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon that year as a protest against Pilić's suspension. Despite the loss of sixteen top men's seeds from the tournament, attendance figures were, at that time, the second highest ever recorded at Wimbledon.
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.
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.
How to Improve Your Play
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
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 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.
Interview with Angela Mortimer
Sport 1961 4 mins Location: Wimbledon
Winner of the Wimbledon Ladies Championship and world number one talks about her success
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
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