Beyond the Baseline: New tennis documentary series presented by Lexus shining the spotlight on upcoming British stars
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Introducing our brand-new tennis documentary series 'Beyond the Baseline', presented by Lexus – a six-part series which highlights everything that goes on behind the scenes of professional tennis in Britain.
While Netflix's 'Break Point' series released earlier in the year focused on the international players at the very top of the sport, 'Beyond the Baseline' shines a spotlight on 10 Performance players in British tennis who are looking to breakthrough on the ITF and ATP/WTA Challenger Tours across a busy summer period in the calendar.
Each 12–15-minute episode tells each player’s personal story with tennis – showcasing the highs and lows of striving for success, the hard work and dedication that goes into training, and on-court action throughout the summer season.
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Beyond the Baseline will be available to watch on our YouTube channel from 24 October 2023 with one episode being released each week until late November.
The opening episode features up-and-coming star Felix Gill, who takes us through his gruelling training program in Spain, whilst detailing the heartbreaking personal challenges he has faced.
Episode two tells the story of 21-year-old Sonay Kartal, as she takes us behind-the-scenes at her childhood club in Brighton, where she reflects on her 15-year journey with tennis and prepares to compete at the qualifying rounds of Roland Garros for the first time.
Meanwhile, Alastair Gray touches on his route to professional tennis through the US collegiate system, and showcases the tougher moments that come with the sport when an ankle injury puts his season in doubt.
This episode follows doubles specialists Ali Collins and Freya Christie as they build up an exciting partnership heading into the summer swing, while 27-year-old Eden Silva takes you behind-the-scenes of her on and off-court training routine heading into the grass court season.
We also hear from some of the most familiar faces in British tennis, as former world No.1 Andy Murray, current British No.1 Katie Boulter and Liam Broady all highlight the opportunities that come with being a British player competing during the grass court.
This week we follow some of the younger Brits as they navigate playing on home soil. We re-join Sonay Kartal as she heads to the qualifiers at the Rothesay Open Nottingham to fight for a spot in the women's main draw, while Arthur Fery shines on the big stage after receiving a wild card to the main draw of the ATP Challenger event.
The penultimate episode follows Ryan Peniston's journey at the cinch Championships, as he looks to replicate his success from the previous year where he reached the quarter-finals, meanwhile we're introduced to 28-year-old Billy Harris, who received a wild card to the qualifying rounds at the Queen's Club.
From London to Nottingham, we then make our way to the Rothesay Open, where British No.1 Katie Boulter reflects on lifting her maiden WTA title.
The final episode of the series sees us head to Portugal for the World Team Cup – the equivalent of the Davis Cup or Billie Jean King Cup – where we are introduced to rising wheelchair tennis star, Ben Bartram. The 17-year-old was selected to represent Great Britain alongside idol and world No.1 Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid as they prepare to hunt down the title.
Back on home soil, Billy Harris highlights the struggles of his early tennis career – discussing his memories of travelling around Europe on the junior circuit in a converted van, while Arthur Fery reflects on his memorable Centre Court debut at The Championships, Wimbledon where he took on world No.3 Daniil Medvedev in the opening round.
Featured players include:
- Alastair Gray
- Ali Collins
- Arthur Fery
- Ben Bartram
- Billy Harris
- Eden Silva
- Felix Gill
- Freya Christie
- Ryan Peniston
- Sonay Kartal
The documentary series will also feature some of the most recognisable names in British tennis, including three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, British No.1 Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart, Liam Broady, and 26-time Grand Slam wheelchair tennis player, Alfie Hewett – who all speak candidly about their own experiences with the tennis events at the featured level.