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Arthur Ashe: More Than a Champion

Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Andy Murray all explain Arthur Ashe's legacy and their own personal debt to the man.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of tennis legend Arthur Ashe lifting the Wimbledon men's singles title. 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 all explain Arthur's legacy and their own personal debt to the man. It is not surprising that when Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, one of the first people he asked to meet was Arthur Ashe.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Jul 2020 15:55

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Nina Simone

    Sinnerman

  • 00:12

    Gaudi

    Chant Thermique

  • 00:16

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Mrs. Robinson

  • 00:18

    The Mamas & the Papas

    California Dreamin'

  • 00:22

    Gil Scott‐Heron

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

  • 00:25

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Green Onions (feat. Steve Cropper)

  • 00:29

    Windsor Davies & Don Estelle

    Whispering Grass

  • 00:38

    Diana Ross

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough

  • 00:39

    Elton John

    Philadelphia Freedom

  • 00:40

    Kraftwerk

    Autobahn

  • 00:41

    Jimmy Cliff

    Hard Road To Travel

Credits

Role Contributor
Participant Johnnie Ashe
Participant Stan Smith
Participant Donald Dell
Participant Ilie Nastase
Participant Serena Williams
Participant Martina Navratilova
Participant John McEnroe
Participant Andy Murray

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