“You can all go f— yourselves,” and so began my foul-mouthed introduction to an all-male court side get-away event called “Tennis Fantasies.”
Aussie tennis celeb Fred Stolle found it nearly impossible not to following up a noun with expletive and former world #1 tennis player, John Newcombe wasn’t much better.
After hours of serious competition, this was pure, unadulterated fun – albeit crude, bawdy and offensive but humor none-the-less.
Among ages ranging from as young as 22 all the way up to 92 the jokes got dirtier and the tempers heightened as the week progressed. Still, it was usually the eldest that cussed the worst but given their tennis status they were exempt from good behavior.
Yes, truly this was an assignment for the books – 14-hour days shooting a documentary with Grand Slam legends and rookies who come here every year for a chance at playing a match or two with their hero.
Interviews, games and shooting massive amounts of what is called ‘b-roll’ from zip lines, roof tops and tree limbs kept our crew of 6 running faster than the speed of a serve!
Now that the easy part is complete, editor Chris Conti will spend countless hours making sense of everything for a pending documentary. Here’s a rough sample of what to expect: