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After 81-Year-Old Richard Williams’ Random Day-Out With Daughter, Venus and Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Harks Back to the Past With a ‘Firing’ Tribute

Published 10/01/2023, 8:04 AM EDT

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A significant portion of what Venus and Serena Williams are today comes from what their father wanted them to be. It won’t be wrong to say that behind every successful daughter is truly a supportive father. Although Richard Williams raised two tennis legends, he is not spotted frequently with her daughters, like he used to be seen in their early tennis days.

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Even though he might not be seen frequently, though, his near and dear friends, including Rick Macci, can never forget a thing about the doting father. The 68-year-old tennis coach recently remarked about his friend, King Richard, emphasizing the qualities he admired the most about him.

Serena Williams’ former coach talks about his friend Richard Williams


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As someone who has given two tennis legends to the sporting arena, Richard Williams has always been a part of his daughters’ lives, both on and off the tennis court. Although he has been away for quite some time now because of his health concerns, recently, his daughters’ childhood coach took to his Twitter account to talk about the special qualities that King Richard carries.

He wrote, “Was asked what I liked most about RICHARD WILLIAMS. First RW was a dedicated World Class Father. Second RW was a World Class best friend. Third RW was firing life lessons every hour to @serenawilliams @Venuseswilliams about the World and Class to someday become World Class.”


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Along with listing three features that made him friends with the 23-time Grand Slam Champions father, he also talked about what made him different from the crowd.

In addition, it won’t be wrong to say that there was a time when Macci and the 81-year-old former coach shared a great bond with each other.

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The past few years have been quite a struggle for the 41-year-old American tennis legend’s father, he survived three strokes and, at the same time, got brain surgery. Nevertheless, the 81-year-old former American coach stepped out to spend some amazing time with his eldest daughter, Venus.


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Venus Williams enjoys some fun time with her father

Just a day ago, the seven-time Grand Slam champion showed off her playful side by posting some funny pictures from her recent meeting with her father. She took to her Instagram account and shared some pictures in a playful mood, making funny faces, while her father looked disappointed!

Venus posted a before-and-after photo in which she made a regular face in the first image and her father oddly stared into the camera in the second. She captioned that image, asking, “How did this turn into…” But in another picture, she made a silly face, and Richard was staring at the ground.


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Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Aayush Kapoor