In the premiere episode of the new series “Backstory,” the sports-media giant will delve into tennis ace Serena Williams’ controversial skirmish with umpire Carlos Ramos last year. Her back-and-forth would result in a point penalty and a loss of game that contributed to her ultimate defeat by challenger Naomi Osaka in the 2018 women’s final.
“We wanted to do more stories that get behind the scenes, get to that next layer that people don’t often see or rarely see,” explains John Dahl, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Special Projects and Original Content, in an interview.
The executive likens “Backstory” to a mix of the network’s long-running “30 For 30” magazine and a detective working his or her way through the “cold case” file. “Backstory” debuts on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. eastern on ABC,