It lasts two hours, it's long! But I've watched it. I was 12 years old in 1981 and was a lot into tennis. So I recall Balasz Taroczy - I recognised him right away. A talented player from Hungary. Jimmy Arias also. Thierry Tulasne, a newbie everybody compared to Borg (he was imitating him a lot - same racquet, headband, and mimics waiting for the serve). Delighted to see Panatta (defeating Solomon), one of my 10 favourite players of all time. Beautiful style. I recall Jose-Luis Clerc, too, he had a lovely game from the baseline, very solid, and was an example of fair play. The best Argentine player after Vilas in those days. First big win of Noah defeating Vilas here. Impressed with Pecci, kamikaze game on the net! I was going to see Pecci live a few months after, at the Arenes of Frejus (along with McEnroe, Kriek and Tulasne).
In the crowd, I noticed French actor Lino Ventura, I didn't know he was a tennis fan.
There had been a day off because of the rain that year, like this year. You can see Ann Jones in the committee discussing about the scheduling of the Wade vs Evert match. Noticed Evert in the stands watching Mandlikova play - a bit worried, maybe? No doubt Hana sealed her win of the title by her win over Evert on the way. Noticed Betty Stove training Hana on a practice court.
Andrea Jaeger's birthday is so cute.
Yeah, it was a great idea to make this documentary. This was made by William Klein
He allows us to witness history in the making. I wonder if one could still do that today?