Synopsis: Peter Colt, an English tennis player in his thirties whose ranking slipped from 11th to 119th in the world, considers he never really had to fight for anything as his wealthy but all but close family easily put him through studies and allowed him to pursue his tennis ambitions, bravely exchanges jokes with his German sparring partner Dieter Prohl, in a similar position, but feels it's about time to admit he's getting too old to compete with fitter coming men (or boys) and intends, after a last Wimbledon, to take a job with the prestigious tennis club instead. Just then, by accident, he bumps into Lizzie Bradbury, the American rising star of female tennis, falls in love with her and finds her interest in him changes his entire perception, even gives him the strength to win again. But where will it lead them, especially when her overprotective father-manager Dennis Bradbury proves determined to nip their relationship in the bud, believing it detrimental to her career?
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Richard Loncraine
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

[thwacking of tennis ball]

[thwacking continues]

with a dream, don't we?

it's being in the final of a Grand Slam,

Game, set and match.

- You're a champion. You're number one.|- [cheering]

that's all it ever is: a dream.

My story.

No, not that kid in white,

the other tired good-looking fella.

Yeah, him. Well, that's me.

British Davis Cup, long time ago.

Two singles titles, even longer ago.

Presently ranked 119th in the world.

- Sport is cruel.

I know it doesn't sound too bad:

and I'm 119th,

but what that really means is this:

better and younger,...

and it gets you thinking.

[Peter's mother] He's 32 in September.

How long can Peter Colt keep playing?

[Peter] Stop it. Just serve.

where do they get the energy, the focus?

No fear.

The one thing you can't have is fear,

I'm afraid.

I'm not even afraid of the kid.

if that ball keeps going by me.

What happens then?

I hope you don't mind, but I took|the liberty of having it engraved.

- Wow.|- [chuckles] Exactly.

- My biggest problem is parking.|- Right.

Not for you, of course.|No, your own space. Name plate again.


Hello, Ian. Is this the young man|you told us about?

Peter Colt. The one and only.

- Once ranked 15th in the world, I hear.|- 11th, actually, for most of '96.

Yes, Peter's got himself a wild card|at Wimbledon.

We're hoping he'll hang his racket|here at the club.

We'll see.

We shall look forward to giving you|a peek at our ground strokes.

Do shut up.|Good luck at the Championships.

- Thank you very much.|- [clears throat] Yes. Carry on.

Er, Peter, Peter. Watch the ladies,|occupational hazard.

- Of course.|- Look at this, look at this.

Completely new hybrid.|Yes, developed by the Yanks.

Firm but springy.

Look, Peter... I can't wait forever.

- There's no-one I'd rather...|- Ian.

Look no further.|You have your tennis director.

That is splendid. So splendid.

- [birdsong]|- [church bells in distance]

Oh, look.|That's Peter Colt, the new pro.

Once ranked 17th in the world.

different from another?

Many people have those.

Some say it's a supportive family.

Really hungry.

I've never been hungry.

- And as for the supportive family...

Mum? Dad?

Anybody home?

[woman groans]


[man and woman groan]

- [woman groans on TV]|- Hello, Carl.

Life still giving you trouble, is it?

Deep Throat,|director's cut. Absolute classic.

- Hey!|- [man and woman argue]

[Carl] They've been at it like that|like cats and dogs for weeks.

- You all right, Dad?|- [dismissively] Yes, yes.

Have you got|our Wimbledon tickets sorted?

Don't want to miss your grand finale.

I've never won a match at Wimbledon|with my family in attendance.

- We're not invited?|- Nope.

- She's not going to like that.|- What won't I like? Hello, darling.

- You're looking rather gaunt.|- Thank you. Why's Dad so upset?

Ridiculous man. He believes|I'm having an affair with Eliot Larkin.

Mother, he saw you snogging|in the club car park.

- That would do it.|- Not in the kitchen.

I wanted your father to see us,|that was the point.

Shake him out of his stupor.|Compel him to act.

I hear you plan to retire,|to baby-sit a bunch of old ladies.

Not what your father and I had in mind|all those years ago, cheering you on.

Do you know why? Because I believe you|to be a truly great tennis player.

You've always been afraid to admit it.

- I'm not afraid, I'm old.|- Don't be absurd, 31 is not old.

In tennis years,|I might as well be your age.

- Thank you, dear.|- I'm tired of hotels, airports,

long-distance love affairs and...

- Losing?|- Yeah, losing. Thanks, Carl.

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