GOLD BALLS is an inspiring family-friendly documentary about five athletes determined to win a national championship in tennis. The catch is, they’re all over age 80!

You’ll meet a cranky ex-lawyer, one of Wisconsin’s most eligible bachelors, a romantic naval officer, a 94-year-old comedian, and a charming minister’s son as they barnstorm the country in pursuit of their dream.

Audience members are calling the film “quirky and heartwarming” as they fall in love with these determined competitors. It’s a powerful story about goals, resilience and the ageless human spirit.

“The opportunity to bring the movie "Gold Balls" to Asheville is one of the highlights of my tennis career.  Not a day goes by that one of the over 200 tennis players, advocates, or supporters that attended the movie lets me know what a great time they had watching the movie and celebrating the life of Dave Carey.  The experience is one that I will treasure forever.” 
—Jeff Joyce, ATA President
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Total runtime: 88 minutes.

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Other Featured Players

Roz King (#1 in Women's 75+)

Saul Snyder (Ranked in Top #5 in Men’s 80+)

“We offered our community the opportunity to attend a free screening of ‘Gold Balls’ immediately after our USTA Northeastern Ohio District Annual Meeting.  Doing this not only increased attendance at our meeting but greatly enhanced the event overall.  Our attendees loved the story, identified with the main characters and in some cases, even knew them!” 
—Tammy Simone, President
Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association

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“The energy in the room … in combination with a truly touching, funny and inspiring film, made for such a fabulous night! Gold Balls truly inspired me to remember the importance of putting myself out there and risking failure. I really think that this special movie will help me be a little bolder in life…” 
—Metta Krach
Attendee, SF Tennis Coalition screening

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“We showcased the film GOLD BALLS at our Saturday doc day line up for Calabasas Film Festival 2016. The theater was completely sold out with many attendees asking if we could schedule a second screening. Overall the film was wonderfully received and we wished we could have scheduled further screenings had the schedule permitted.” 
—Kelley Fries, Calabasas Film Festival Director

The Players

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He lives in his van seven months of the year so that he can travel to play in tennis tournaments. He plays in more than any other senior player tracked by the USTA. He's got bronze balls and silver balls but desperately wants to win his first GOLD ball.

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He's number one in the world in the 80 and over category. He's a former Big 10 coach and television commentator. He's been named one of Madison Wisconsin's most eligible bachelors. And he's out to win a Grand Slam this year: A gold ball on every surface: Indoor & outdoor hard, grass, & clay.

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He's among the top 5 in the world in the 80 and over category. He's a former Naval officer, has been married for over fifty-seven years, and he wants to win a national title and make the world team so he can take his sweetheart abroad.

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At age 94, he's now the #2 ranked player in the over 90 category. He's a long time Santa Barbara tennis coach and comedian. Diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, he's starting to feel the effects of his age. He's just one gold ball away from breaking the record of 129 - for the most gold balls ever won by a man.

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“We showed ‘Gold Balls’ at our USTA/Midwest Annual Meeting, and former USTA/Midwest Hall of Fame Inductee John Powless made a surprise appearance at the end. It was thrilling! We received rave reviews from the attendees.”

— Zoy Avgerinos
     USTA/Midwest Section Staff Member