For Jews on Film, the Tennis Lawn Is Always Greener

The structured, elegant world of tennis has long been a symbol of elusive upward mobility, which makes it the perfect symbol for Jewish filmmakers.

As the greatest tennis tournament in the world – Wimbledon – reaches its climax, it's an apt time to pause and consider the symbolism of the sport for Jews. The relationship between the court and the Chosen People is a complicated one, perhaps best illustrated on film, where the propriety and ritual of the game has served as a visual stand-in for the elusive world of the goys.