|At the outset of the Wimbledon 2004 Championships the tournament appeared to be one of the most open and unpredictable for many years. In the Gentlemen's Singles event, defending champion, Roger Federer and 2002 winner, Lleyton Hewitt, would have been hoping to add a second title to their collections. The only other former champion in the field, Goran Invanisevic, was making his first appearance back at SW19 since his triumph in 2001. Could the Croatian perform miracles yet again? Or would 2003 US Open champion, Andy Roddick, power his way to his first Wimbledon title?|
In the Ladies Singles event, the absence of the Belgians, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, looked to give the Williams' sisters a clear tilt at a fifth consecutive title for the family. However, neither Venus or Serena were coming into the tournament in top form; could the Russian ladies carry forward their good form from the clay court season? Or, would the American veterans, Lindsay davenport and Jennifer Capriati, be able to fend off the threat from the east?
Whilst the weather may have done its best to dampen the excitement, as ever, the quality of the tennis shone through. After two memorable weeks, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova won through to become the respective Gentlemen's and Ladies champions. Federer's near flawless display in defense of his title wowed even his opponents, while Sharapove played with a poise and power that belied her tender years to become the third youngest Ladies champion of all time.
Narrated by Steven Fry, and written by Andrew Longmore of the Sunday Times, The 2004 Wimbledon Official Film traces all the stories of a memorable two weeks to serve as a lasting souvenir of the most famous tennis tournament in the world.