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Win 2005 Wimbledon Trip From The Tennis Channel & Universal Pictures

August 17, 2004 11:10 AM

New Movie “Wimbledon” Takes Grass Courts to the Silver Screen

First we get Maria Sharapova’s dramatic upset over top-ranked Serena Williams. Then comes the latest chapter in the Roger Federer, Andy Roddick clash for men’s tennis supremacy.

Even with all the rain delays, this year’s Wimbledon left us with another exhilarating taste of why the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club rests on a pedestal in the hearts of tennis fans the world over. And while there may be four major venues in the world of professional tennis, there’s just something special about Wimbledon.

In fact, if you were going to do a movie about tennis players, what else would you call it?

Premiering in theaters all over America on September 17, Universal Pictures’ “Wimbledon,” is a romantic comedy set around – and named after – tennis’ grandest stage. The film stars Kristen Dunst and Paul Bettany as a pair of professional tennis opposites who find both sweetness and success during the biggest tournament of the year. Bettany stars as Peter Colt, an unlucky player whose dismal match record is trumped only by his personal failings on the court of love. Seeded near the bottom of the world’s tennis rankings, he manages to score a wild card to Wimbledon, where he meets and falls in love with American tennis star Lizzie Bradbury, played by Dunst.

A few twists and turns along the way, and the mixture of his newfound luck, love and on-court prowess fuels Peter to upset victory after upset victory. Finally, he’s presented with his lifelong dream, and an opportunity any tennis aficionado would relish: the chance to win the men’s singles title.

The movie’s producers worked with 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, who acted as an advisor to the project. Additionally, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club gave the crew unprecedented access to film during the 2003 tournament.

The Tennis Channel, partnering with Universal Pictures, is giving viewers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the cast and crew during the production process, in “The Making of ‘Wimbledon.’” The network is also offering one lucky fan the chance to actually go to Wimbledon next year. The “Win a Trip to Wimbledon” sweepstakes runs from August 7 to October 31, and could be your ticket to the biggest event of the tennis season next year, complete with all the VIP trimmings. Interested? Take a look at www.thetennischannel.com/winatriptowimbledon for contest entry rules.




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