The Official film of the 2001 Wimbledon Championships.
This is the definitive story of The Wimbledon Championships 2001. In the Men's singles event, wild card entrant Goran Ivanisevic defeated last year's runner-up Pat Rafter to win his first Grand Slam title, and Venus Williams overcame one of the game's rising stars Justine Henin to retain her Ladies' singles crown.
Coming into The Championships, the American Jennifer Capriati was half way towards achieving the Grand Slam of women's tennis having already won the Australian and French Open singles titles earlier in the year. At Wimbledon she was defeated at the semi-final stage by the young Belgian Justine Henin. Playing in her first major final, the nineteen-year-old was overpowered by Venus Williams who won her second consecutive title.
Pete Sampras, seven times singles winner and the defending Men's champion, came through a surprise five set second round contest against Britain's Barry Cowan. Two matches later he met the nineteen-year-old Swiss, Roger Federer who defeated the American on Centre Court.
With the top half of the draw now wide open, Britain's Tim Henman had the chance to progress towards his first Grand Slam title. He defeated Federer in the quarter-finals and then faced Goran Ivanisevic, an unexpected semi-finalist. The match took place over three days due to bad weather conditions and despite a two sets to one lead favouring the Briton, the Croatian came through in five sets.
The second semi-final was a rematch of last year's epic battle between the American Andre Agassi and Australia's Pat Rafter. The Australian prevailed to reach his second consecutive Wimbledon final.
Having played and lost in three previous finals before, Ivanisevic at last achieved his lifelong ambition. He was crowned Wimbledon Champion after five sets packed full of powerful tennis and emotion.
Narrated by Andrew Sachs and written by Andrew Longmore, chief sports writer for the 'Independent on Sunday', 'Wimbledon 2001' is a highly entertaining record of the proceedings at the world's finest tennis championships.
Approved by The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England.