Sam Barry: Beyond the Baseline

Sam Barry – Beyond the Baseline – Director/Camera

Money, big crowds, glamorous locations – the first things that come to mind when you think of professional tennis? Well, not on The Futures Tour. Life outside of the top 100 in professional tennis is not glamorous. Far removed from the VIP lifestyle of Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer, life for an Irish professional tennis player is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

The Futures Tour has no money, no crowds and is held in locations you won’t find in any holiday brochure.

For the last 2 years I’ve followed Sam Barry, Ireland’s number 2 tennis player on the professional tennis circuit. I’ve followed the ups and downs of his tennis career as he attempted to qualify for his first Grand Slam, as he made it to his first Challenger Tour final, and as he played in locations as varied as Doha, Dubai, France, Spain, Israel, and the USA.

In love with the sport from a very young age, Sam’s been on tour for 5 years, a tour that costs approximately €80,000 per year, where prize money amounts to about a quarter of that. It’s tough, unglamorous and Sam allowed us into his world and displayed a level of honesty and openness that creates a fascinating look at life on  The Tour.