British Sporting Personalities - Christine Truman
Christine Truman and opponent walk out onto Centre Court at Wimbledon. Press photographers take pictures. Truman and opponent pose for pictures. Crowd applaud. Truman spins tennis racket to decide who will serve first. C/U Truman's face as she walks past umpire's chair. Crowd shot. Truman serves. Play continues. This is a match at the All England Club (Wimbledon) is between Truman and Dorothy Knode. Crowd applaud. Another rally is played. The crowd applaud.
Exterior Breyside (sp?) School. Three girls in tennis clothes walk out of school. (Truman went to school here). The girls run down steps onto tennis courts. L/S girls play tennis on five courts. Woman teacher demonstrates serve to girl. Girls playing doubles. L/S tennis courts.
Christine Truman practising tennis at Monkhams (sp?) tennis club. C/U slow motion shot as Truman pays forehand stroke. (Her white tennis shoes are dirty from the wet clay court). Practice with coach. Slow motion shot of the Truman serve. Slow motion of backhand drive. More practice shots.
Christine sits at home with parents. C/U Mr Truman. C/U tennis scrapbook, with newspaper clippings about Christine's triumphs. Mrs Truman and Christine chat. C/U scrapbook page showing Christine winning match in the 1958 Wightman Cup. Christine picks up racket and tennis ball and leaves the room with her brother Humphrey. Mr and Mrs Truman stand up too. Shot through house window, Christine and Humphrey go out to play tennis on court in back garden. Christine serves.
Truman practising at Queen's Club with Basil Hutchins. Good sequences of Truman playing. The two players come into the net at the end of their practice. They walk to the side of the court and put on their jumpers. C/U Christine.
Car draws up at front door of parents house. Christine Truman gets out and is greeted by her mother on the doorstep. Christine with pet budgerigar called Joey. C/U Budgie. Christine puts on record on gramophone player. She sits on the floor at the feet of her mother who is reading her scrapbook. C/U scrapbook page with cuttings about Truman's play in the 1960 Wightman Cup.
Truman and opponent Karol Hantze (sp?) walk out onto No 1 court at Wimbledon. Crowd applaud. C/U of the two young players. Crowd applaud. Tennis played. Crowd applaud. More shots of the match. Crowd applaud good shot by Truman. Truman serves for match point. Hantze hits return. Unseen, Truman returns. Hantze hits ball into net. Christine comes to net. Hantze throws racket into the air then catches it. The two players shake hands. Women's doubles teams come out onto court for final. Crowd applaud. Doubles match played. Truman's partner is Shirley Brasher (?). The American pairing are Hopps and Knode. Good tennis shots. Crowd shots are inter cut. The winning shot. Brasier and Truman embrace and walk to net to meet opponents. The four players shake hands. The English girls are congratulated by their coach. Crowd applaud. The British team pose with the Wightman Cup.
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Notes: Nice documentary tracing the early years of the career of tennis great Christine Truman. The 1960 Wightman Cup doubles match featured here is also in 60/49.