David Berry

A People's History of Tennis

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Date/time:
Wed 13th May 2020 Start Time: 4:00 pm End Time: 5:00 pm

Venue:
Bear Pit Theatre

Price:
£10.00

Student ticket:
£8.00

Pristine lawns, tennis whites, strawberries and cream: tennis is synonymous with the upper echelons of society, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll quickly discover a different history, one of untold struggles on and off the courts. From the birth of modern tennis in Victorian Britain to the present day, we bear witness to struggles around sexuality, gender, race and class that have transformed the nature of tennis and sport itself. Journalist and filmmaker, David Berry, explains how tennis is populated by diverse voices, recounting the sport’s gay origins, ‘Workers’ Wimbledon’, battles for gender equality and more.

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