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.
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.