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Wimbledon is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine. The film centers on a washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt (played by Paul Bettany) and an up-and-coming tennis star named Lizzie Bradbury (played by Kirsten Dunst) during the Wimbledon Championshipsmarker.

The movie was dedicated to Mark McCormack, who died on May 16, 2003 after suffering cardiac arrest four months earlier.

The story was inspired by Goran Ivanišević, a Croatianmarker tennis player who won Wimbledon in 2001, becoming the only player to win men's singles at Wimbledonmarker with a wildcard entry.

Plot

Paul Bettany plays Peter Colt, a journeyman British professional tennis player ranked 119th in the world. He earns a wildcard spot to the Wimbledon tournamentmarker. Tired of it all, he resolves to quit after this last tournament, and even gets a job to coach tennis at a country club. However, as Wimbledon begins, Peter meets and falls in love with Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), a young, brilliant, American tennis pro. As their love grows, Peter's game gets better and better, winning his semi-final match in straight sets — while Lizzie loses hers, having lost her focus after a night together with Peter. Peter begins playing the final match against Jake Hammond, an arrogant American star who Peter has already had an argument with involving Lizzie, but finds himself outclassed. Lizzie, on her way home to America, sees an interview in which Peter apologizes, and comes back to Wimbledon. With Lizzie cheering him on, Peter wins the title, and retires. He and Lizzie marry, and Lizzie goes on to win the U.S.marker Openmarker and Wimbledon twice. In the last scene Peter is with his and Lizzie's youngest child, a boy, watching Lizzie and their eldest child, a girl, play tennis together on a New York court.

Cast

Production

The actors served with real tennis balls. All others were added digitally.

Filming locations

Some scenes were filmed during the Championships in 2003 between matches. It is the only time in the history of the tournament that this has been allowed.

The London Zoomarker's entrance was used for the entrance to Wimbledon.

Soundtrack

The film's digital soundtrack uses the "Surround EX" format, the same track format used for the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The song that plays in the trailer of the movie is "Everlasting Love" by U2.

Real tennis pros on set



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