While sports-themed movies premiere often each year, those with a focus on tennis are rare. That’s why I was pleased to get a recent copy of “2nd Serve” – an indie comedy now out on DVD.
Billed as a “slobs versus snobs” comedy, the film stars Josh Hopkins (“Cougar Town”) as Owen “Game Set” Match, a former pro who, after being fired from a posh country club, ends up teaching at the run down local recreation center in town.
As he gets to know the rest of the tennis misfits who also teach there, including his former coach, Owen must deal with Sherry, his tough boss, and her son Jake who wants to play tennis but can’t hit a serve to save his life.
While Owen helps Jake with his serve, he develops a romantic connection with Sherry. But things get complicated when the country club challenges the down and out rec club hitters to compete at a local tournament.
As he leads his rag tag team into competition, Owen learns everyone, on and off the court, deserves a second serve in life.
“2nd Serve” also stars Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless), Kevin Sussman (“Big Bang Theory”), Dash Mihok (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Alexie Gilmore (CSI).
The movie premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in New York and the AMFM Film Festival in Palm Springs. Directed by Tim Kirkman and produced by indie film veteran Gil Holland, “2nd Serve” was filmed on location in Louisville, Kentucky.