2015 marks the 40th anniversary of tennis legend Arthur Ashe becoming the first black man to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title. To celebrate Ashe’s remarkable story, BBC Two is airing a commemorative documentary tomorrow night – Arthur Ashe: More Than a Champion – narrated by HH client PATERSON JOSEPH.
From boyhood in segregated America to becoming one of the world’s opinion-formers, Ashe’s story is told poignantly by his brother Johnnie, along with friends Stan Smith, Donald Dell and rivals like Ilie Nastase.
Arthur Ashe: More Than a Champion is far more than just a story of how a man conquered the world of tennis. His life spans America’s Civil Rights struggle, the ending of South Africa’s system of apartheid and Arthur’s creating an awareness of the disease that would eventually kill him – AIDS. Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Andy Murray also explain Arthur’s legacy and their own personal debt to the man.
Tune in tomorrow night (Friday 26 June) at 9pm on BBC Two. Here’s a little preview in which Andy Murray talks about Ashe’s legacy: