Wimbledon (2004) Poster



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Scenes for the film were filmed during the Wimbledon tournament 2003. The actors would walk out on court at the beginning or end of a match as though they were really competing. The officials and spectators were actual tennis officials and spectators, rather than extras. It is the only time in the history of the tournament that this has been allowed.
Getting the actors to play professional-looking tennis proved much more difficult than anticipated. Eventually, it was decided to film them performing the strokes and digitally add the ball afterwards.
The movie cast professional, but little known tennis players to play against the stars. In the directors commentary, Richard Loncraine shared that he met an up-and-coming female tennis player but rejected her as she looked too similar to Kirsten Dunst. She was Maria Sharapova, before she went on to win several Grand Slam Titles, including Wimbledon.
The story of a Croatian tennis player, Goran Ivanisevic is actually quite similar to the one in the movie. He is the only person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously been runner-up at the championships in 1992, 1994 and 1998. Before the 2001 tournament, he was ranked 125th, and after his victory he was 16th.
The actors actually did their own serves with real tennis balls.
Ian Somerhalder was considered for the role of Jake Hammond but was rejected by the director.
The scenes showing the public queuing up outside Wimbledon were in fact shot outside London's Zoo, simply because it looks more interesting.
Kirsten Dunst underwent serious physical training to prepare for this role.
Scenes were filmed on Brighton beach between 1 September 2003 and 6 September 2003 and involved 250 extras hired from the local public.
In a shot of the film that was filmed in Brighton, the door on the rounded corner of the houses is in fact painted on.
According to the script Peter's car was a rare Porsche 356, but for filming a "Chesil Speedster" 356 replica was used.
At one point, Reese Witherspoon was supposed to play the female lead.
The lead role was originally intended for Hugh Grant.
Klaus Badelt was attached to the film but he couldn't finish the job because Catwoman (2004) had to undergo re-shoots after testing poorly with screeners.
Wimbledon features actors who have appeared throughout Marvel's cinematic universe for different studios. Kirsten Dunst, who plays Lizzie Bradbury, was Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy for Sony. James McAvoy, who plays Carl Colt, is currently the young Charles Xavier for Twentieth Century Fox's X-Men franchise. Jon Favreau played Happy Hogan and directed Iron Man for Paramount. Paul Bettany, who plays Peter Colt, played The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron for Disney and also voices Jarvis in many iron man films.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

After Peter Colt wins Wimbledon, he runs into the stands and fights his way through the crowd in order to hug his family. Andy Roddick did the same thing after he won the U.S. Open in 2003.

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