Being a huge tennis fan, catching this documentary of the Williams sisters is a definite no-brainer for me. They’ve been such a dominant force on the women’s tennis circuit for well over a decade, holding so many accolades that even none in the Men’s tour has been able to match. Besides each sister having achieved the coveted No.1 title in singles during their career, they have also been No.1 in doubles, won gold in The Olympics as well as completed a Career Golden Slam in doubles while maintaing top ranks in the singles arena. While yes, there have been certain controversies and criticism surrounding them such as the umpire foot fault incident, their health scare as well as others; but there’s no denying the talent of their gameplay and the milestone achievements they have established in the tennis world.
From the trailer, audiences are given a closer look into the Williams sisters lives beyond their star studded performances on the grand slam courts, where cameras are always on the lookout and the media is on hand every minute of the way. Moments of their younger adolescent years are shown and we see their progress as they transit from small training courts to the big grand courts of major tournaments. The apparent height difference between Serena and Venus, plus the cute hairstyles and look they spotted back then is endearing to watch. Interview footages of their young selves and also their peers offer a glimpse into the other ‘hidden lives’ of the Williams sisters that we are not familiar with, the part of their lives not caught on camera – their lives off the court. The trailer also looks like it touches on an aspect about the sport that is so real but less focused on, which is the toll that the body endures and the risks present that playing on such a high level can bring. With such high, extreme punishing level of play adopted by players nowadays, it would be interesting to see how players’ health can be affected by their extreme dedication towards the game the love.
I’m pretty excited to see what new details this documentary can introduce to me about the Williams sisters and also the game; and I only hope that there will be more documentaries to come in the future featuring other tennis greats – like a certain Rafael Nadal:) :p The film is available on itunes on April 4, it hits theatres later in May.
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