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La balle au mur (1988)

For many ballplayers, having a wall as a practice partner was a training tool almost taken for granted. Over the years, however (with the advent of ball machines, etc.), the wall as a place... See full summary »

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For many ballplayers, having a wall as a practice partner was a training tool almost taken for granted. Over the years, however (with the advent of ball machines, etc.), the wall as a place of practice seemed to go out of fashion, if not become almost obsolete. Gil de Kermadec of the French Tennis Federation, director of an exemplary series of films on tennis (McEnroe, Borg, Evert, Connors), here sets out with Torben Ulrich in a two-fold approach, asking many past champions (Lacoste, Laver, Navratilova, Rosewall, Nastase) about their experiences with the wall, as well as looking into a variety of techniques that could extend the possibilities for practice and play. Written by Anonymous

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A Gem of a Sport
9 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gil de Kermadec and tennis Danish legend Torben Ulrich made this documentary about backboards and walls. They interview many tennis greats (including Laver, Navratilova, and Lendl) about their experiences hitting off a backboard. Classically many tennis legends practiced using the backboard which is an underutilized teaching aid today.

Gil has produced some high quality films for FFT (Fédération Française de Tennis) and Torben is not only a tennis player but a poet, jazz musician, etc. Naturally this gem of a documentary is simply brilliant. The last few minutes are a creative treasure as Torben Ulrich is brilliant (I won't say what happens). From a historical point, this film is invaluable to the sport of tennis.


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