The Journeymen, ATP Tennis Documentary, Geoff Grant & Mark Keil
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Uploaded on Mar 28, 2010
2 Great Friends of Mine: The Journeymen, ATP Tennis Documentary, Geoff Grant & Mark Keil. Andre Agassi, Pat Rafter, Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic, Jim Courier, Mark Philippousis.
This is real life footage shot by two veteran pro tennis players and edited into a one-hour journey through the world of pro tennis.
While fundamentally a comedy, The Journeymen captures the highs and the lows of the sport of tennis, from the joy of victory to the agony of defeat. Moments and interviews with almost all of the top stars in tennis are dotted throughout the documentary, reminding the audience that the two main characters live among the elite of the sport. Unique and entertaining aspects of tennis will be uncovered through these moments - cameras are not normally allowed in the locker rooms!
The first scene opens to a young Mark Keil on the center court at Queens Club ( '91) battling the newly crowned US Open champion, Pete Sampras. Keil pulls off the improbable, taking the best player of all time down in two straight sets. His friends assure him that this particular win is one of the best things he could have ever done for his career. Ten years laterwe catch up with Keil who is driving while drinking and smoking, hanging out with his best friend on the tour (Geoff Grant), and talking about how difficult the pro tour can be. Keil clearly didnt live up to his accomplishment ten years prior. Maybe it was from the partying?
Geoff Grant is an eight-year tour veteran who achieved a career high singles ranking of #109 in the world and provides the perfect, grounded counterpart to the gregarious and hilarious Keil - a born performer. Grant films much of what we see, his character being developed through interviews with his parents, old friends, voice over, and his Andy Warhol moment at the US Open in '98 when his 3rd round match appeared on national television in America, complete with positive commentary from John McEnroe. The goal of the documentary is to not only to give the public unprecedented access to the stars but to educate and entertain. The hope is that people gain a deeper understanding of the life of a pro tennis player and therefore want to watch more live tennis. By giving the viewer pure reality and candid moments, the documentary accomplishes something that has never before been achieved in tennisa real story with comedy, drama, tension and everything else that actually exists in the life of a tennis player.
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