"Citizen Ashe" excerpt: 'He would always go for broke'

In a short clip from the documentary on Arthur Ashe's life as a tennis player and human rights activist, Davis Cup captain Donald Dell recalls Ashe's shotmaking style on the court. The film is available now on most streaming platforms.

Video Transcript

DONALD DELL: Arthur was quite an unusual type. He was very sort of skinny and gangly, and he had a big serve. Most people serve stationary, but Arthur kind of jumped into the court. He had a tremendous serve, I mean whip like, but his backhand he could hit about seven different ways.

He was a shot maker. You know, he would always go for broke. He didn't really want to have 10 hits and a long rally. He would hit four, five times, and then he'd really try to win the point.