I don’t know much about how eras in tennis are measured, but I feel like I grew up during the golden age of the game. I got to see Borg vs. McEnroe,Connors vs. McEnroe and Evert vs. Navratilova. Later, it was Andre, Pete, Chang, Graf and Hingis. Watching the trailer for the upcoming 7 Days in Hell mockumentary from HBO looks to capture all of the magic, mullets and mayhem from those days.
On July 11, Andy Samberg and
Jon Snow Kit Harington will bring the tennis action as tennis pros putting it all on the line in an epic seven-day match.
Here’s a look…
Before you see the funny side of the times, I recommend trying these great documentaries:
“The film chronicles their back stories, prolific tennis careers and spirited rivalry, which propelled tennis into the international sports headlines of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. In addition, McENROE/BORG: FIRE & ICE spotlights their post-tennis careers as the two men went their separate ways, with McEnroe launching a high-profile broadcasting career, while Borg chose a more private life.”
“‘This is What They Want’ is an examination of Jimmy Connors’ career told through the lens of the 1991 U.S. Open, when Connors so famously played at the age of 39 past five challengers, through an epic contest with Aaron Krickstein, and all the way to the semi-finals before being stopped by Jim Courier.
But it’s not just an examination of that tournament: it’s a look at how Connors and the colleagues/adversaries of his heyday re-invented tennis in the first decade of the Open era to be a high-octane spectator sport for the whole country, colored by intense competitors with strong personalities and towering, well-matched talents. And it’s an exploration of the way ‘character’ players like Connors changed the game and carved out legacies through their careers on the court.”
I would also suggest reading up on the closest thing to the events in the movie – the three-day match played by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010. They played a total of 183 games with the match being decided 70-68 in the fifth set. Amazing!
Now that we’ve done our homework, I hope “7 Days in Hell” is as much fun as it looks like it’s going to be.