Wednesday 21 February 2018

uncovering the stars behind the racquets

John Boland

As a prelude to Wimbledon, BBC Two offered the hour-long Venus and Serena, an American-made documentary mainly notable for pointing up the extraordinary sibling bond that has characterised the careers of these two tennis geniuses, though the film also suggested a loneliness in their respective lives.

Over on BBC One, Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet accomplished the not inconsiderable feat of making its subject seem likeable and even moderately interesting. Heck, even his ever-present mother came across as a pleasant enough person.

The film was made with Murray's approval and active participation and thus wasn't exactly objective, but there was no faking his distressed response to questions about the 1996 Dunblane school massacre. He was a pupil there at the time and plainly can't cope with the memories even now.

Irish Independent

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