Do you love watching the Australia Open, The Rogers Cup and other big tennis matches on television? Do you get caught up in the drama of the players and their stories behind the scenes? You would probably love watching tennis documentaries to get to know your favorite sport and players a little better.
Here are some of the best tennis documentaries to add to your list:
Richard Raskin was a professional tennis player and a Yale-educated surgeon in the 1970s. Then, in 1976, he underwent gender reassignment surgery and became Renee Richards. She was the Caitlyn Jenner of her day — long before transgender issues were part of the mainstream conversation. The documentary explores the fallout from the high-profile change, and numerous tennis pros are featured in the film talking about Richard/Renee’s career and how it was impacted.
Venus and Serena
Venus Williams and Serena Williams are two of the most popular tennis players of all time, and they have been two of the most polarizing. This documentary explores their personal and professional lives in 2011, when both were at the peak of their game yet also grappling with personal health issues.
We often see tennis pros at the height of their careers, but this documentary follows some of the rising stars who are still teenagers at the beginning of their careers. They go on the road to the national championship, and the camera follows them along the way. We get an insider’s look at what it takes to train to become a professional.
Numerous other documentaries have been produce for the big screen and for television about tennis greats, following them from the Grand Slam to Wimbledon. We can’t wait until some of these stories get the biopic treatment, as well, as we’re sure the Academy Awards will come calling.