The Best Tennis Documentaries to Add to Your Watch List

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You don’t have to be a sports fan to find value in tennis documentaries. The true-life tennis movies show the glory and anguish that come with extreme dedication toward a goal, a fascinating subject whether you’re a tennis fanatic or you’re still not quite sure how tennis scoring works. And while documentaries in general get a bad rap for being dry, sports documentaries are typically more interesting than most, if only due to the built-in suspense – the euphoric wins, devastating losses, and suspenseful climbs to (hopeful) victory.

There are plenty of tennis documentaries on Netflix and other streaming platforms; filmmakers have pulled back the curtain on many of the most successful tennis stars. And while sports documentaries don’t always focus on women athletes, there are several tennis documentaries that highlight the best of the women players, from Billie Jean King to Serena and Venus Williams.

To save you the effort of skimming movie reviews, we’ve rounded up the greatest tennis documentaries of all time. Here are the 10 films that belong on your to-watch list.

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