• Director: Richard Loncraine
• Writer: Adam Brooks, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
• Release Date: 13 September 2004 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, sexuality and partial nudity.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport
• Runtime: 98 min
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highligts
• Paul Bettany
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
• Austin Nichols
• James McAvoy
• Sam Neill

A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young player on the women’s circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon.

From the Gallery



  • The lead role was originally intended for Hugh Grant.
  • At one point, Reese Witherspoon was supposed to play the female lead.
  • Kirsten Dunst underwent serious physical training to prepare for this role.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The actors actually did their own serves with real tennis balls.
  • The scenes showing the public queuing up outside Wimbledon were in fact shot outside London’s Zoo, simply because it looks more interesting.
  • Ian Somerhalder was considered for the role of Jake Hammond but was rejected by the director.
  • According to the script Peter’s car was a rare Porsche 356, but for filming a “Chesil Speedster” 356 replica was used.


Lizzie Bradbury: Hit this one, and I’ll sleep with you.
[ball hits an official] Lizzie Bradbury: Too bad. You could’ve used the workout.

Lizzie Bradbury: [Peter has just snuck into Lizzie’s bedroom] Good thing you didn’t get the wrong window.
Peter Colt: I did, but your dad’s a very quick shag.

Peter Colt: [after seeing Lizzie in shower] Yes, goodbye, and may I say good body? Luck! Oh, shit! I meant… shit!
[goes towards a door and opens it] Peter Colt: Ah, lovely kitchen.
[Lizzie points to other door] Lizzie Bradbury: That way.

Lizzie Bradbury: Where do you come down on the whole “fooling around before a match” issue?
Peter Colt: Well, that’s a very intriguing question
Lizzie Bradbury: ‘Cause I think a little fooling around can be really good for your game. You know, help you relax.
Peter Colt: Um, I’m not sure I’ve done enough reasearch to have a definitive opinion.
Lizzie Bradbury: That’s very sad.
Peter Colt: Yes, it is, isn’t it
Lizzie Bradbury: It is… very sad…
Peter Colt: Don’t get me wrong: I’m
[deep breath] Peter Colt: very interested in doing the necessary research. Very intered in in doing the necessary research. Are you?
Lizzie Bradbury: I’m interested.

Lizzie Bradbury: Hmmm. You’re exceeding my expectations.

Peter Colt: Aren’t we gonna have a workout?
Lizzie Bradbury: I thought we just had one.
[they’ve just had sex] Peter Colt: [as they go for a jog] Now, are you sure about this? I usually do 10 miles.
Lizzie Bradbury: Why are you running behind me?
Peter Colt: I’m just enjoying the view.

Lizzie Bradbury: Having a tough day?
Peter Colt: Well, you know, disastrous.

Lizzie Bradbury: I said I love you.
Peter Colt: See, that’s very good news. I thought I was alone in the love department.
Lizzie Bradbury: Well, turns out you’ve got company.

Lizzie Bradbury: Go out there and decide who you are.
Peter Colt: Who might that be?
Lizzie Bradbury: It might be a winner.

Lizzie Bradbury: My parents got divorced when I was 13. My mom was always on the road trying to become a singer.
Peter Colt: What went wrong?
Lizzie Bradbury: She couldn’t sing.

Lizzie Bradbury: You’re doing so great, you just have to…
Peter Colt: …Keep winning.
Lizzie Bradbury: So keep winning!

[Watching TV and Lizzy and Peter See Lizzy’s father on Screen] Peter Colt: It’s surprising how much that actor looks like your father…
[realizing it is] Peter Colt: Oh, shit.
[the camera pans on to the fron of a building] Peter Colt: and how much that building looks like…
Peter Colt, Lizzie Bradbury: [Realizing] SHIT!

Lizzie Bradbury: But I need you to go…
Peter Colt: No you need me to stay.