22 Jun On lily-white tennis courts, a revolution
Arthur Ashe, the first black tennis player to overcome all manner of discrimination to win the US and Australian Open titles as well as Wimbledon, which he did in 1968, 1970 and 1975 respectively, is the subject of a major new Hollywood movie that is expected to be released by the end of next year.
Ashok Amritraj, president of the Hyde Park Entertainment group who has produced over a hundred films in Hollywood over the last 35 years and cast many of the biggest stars in the business, announced project “Arthur Ashe biopic” recently after doing the groundwork for two years.
Amritraj’s 26-year-old daughter Priya, who is vice-president of Hyde Park where she oversees the dozen or so films in various stages of development, is also working on the Ashe movie. Ashe’s widow, Jeanne, is an executive producer. The screenplay is being written by the Oscar-winner Kevin Willmott, while Warner Music is a partner.