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The Fifth Set: Australia and the Davis Cup

Straightforward documentary tells the history of the international tennis competition, the Davis Cup, from the perspective of Australia's participation. OK TV fodder for sports programs, with long-life ancillary for tennis freaks, pic is comprehensive and respectable, but no more.

Straightforward documentary tells the history of the international tennis competition, the Davis Cup, from the perspective of Australia’s participation. OK TV fodder for sports programs, with long-life ancillary for tennis freaks, pic is comprehensive and respectable, but no more.

Established by wealthy Dwight Davis of St. Louis at the turn of the last century, the first Davis Cup was staged between the U.S. and Britain in Boston in 1900. In the early days, America dominated. Australia started competing in 1905, initially in partnership with New Zealand, and won for the first time in 1907. Pic, which contains some fascinating archival material, follows Oz triumphs over the years, with contempo interviews with some of the country’s tennis greats, among them Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Mark Woodford and Pat Rafter. Flag-waving item concludes with the Australian win of the 1999 Davis Cup in France.

The Fifth Set: Australia and the Davis Cup

Australia

Production: A Film Australia production. (International sales: Film Australia, Sydney.) Produced by Cristina Pozzan, Kate Latimer. Directed by Sue Thompson. Screenplay, Nick Place, Kate Latimer.

Crew: Reviewed on videocassette, July 29, 2000. (In Melbourne Film Festival.) Running time: 56 MIN.

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