Trying to find the motivation to get better or you just simply need some entertainment? Watch these tennis-themed movies and documentaries. We listed our favorites, the best tennis movies of all time.
To be honest there are not too many enjoyable tennis-themed movies we would lightheartedly recommend. Even HBO’s star-studded mockumentary, 7 Days in Hell, won’t make it to this list, as we think it is just another over-hyped and rarely funny film. On the other hand, there are plenty of well-made documentaries about the world of tennis with personal stories giving you the drive and energy to play this wonderful game.
Of course, this list is subjective and you might want to disagree on our choices, so please feel free to share your opinion in the comment section.
A biographical sports drama, BORG VS. MCENROE tells the story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe, which came to a head during the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most-watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. A biographical sports film with a plot based loosely on the real event.
A light romantic comedy about a pro tennis player who has lost his ambition and high ranking. Fortunately, he meets a young, attractive player in the women’s circuit who helps him to recapture his focus for Wimbledon.
It was a really short list for the tennis movies. Now let’s continue with the documentaries.
Tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri is a living legend. At his tennis academy in Florida, he raised a generation of champions. Courier. Seles. Agassi. No other coach has matched his success, his dominance, or his fame. His greatness, though, came at a terrible price – broken marriages, financial ruin, and a fractured relationship with his surrogate son and most cherished student, Andre Agassi. This documentary tells his story and explores the cost of his all-consuming drive for greatness.
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova were fierce tennis rivals in the 1970s and 1980s, but through it all, they forged an unbreakable friendship. Polar opposites in terms of image and upbringing. Unmatched” was filmed solely with the 2 tennis stars rehashing old memories, and talking about tennis and stardom. This documentary has no narrator, no guiding to nudge the viewer in a certain direction.
The film intertwines Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s lives with their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship – an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true winner was the sport itself.
The tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe met 14 times on the regular tour and 22 times in total, with their on-court rivalry highlighted by their contrasting temperaments and styles. Borg was known for his cool and emotionless demeanor on the court, while McEnroe was famed for his court-side tantrums. Their rivalry extended between 1978 and 1981, with each player winning seven times against the other. Because of their contrasting personalities, their rivalry was described as “Fire and Ice”.
A documentary film that tracks Andy Murray’s devastating injury journey between 2017-2019. From the front lines of surgical theaters to the intimate corners of his home, we live alongside and witness Andy at his most vulnerable. Considered Britain’s greatest sportsman ever, we see why Andy puts himself through the unimaginable to get back to the sport he loves.