Is Venus and Serena Williams’ Father Richard Williams Suffering From Dementia?

Published 08/05/2021, 3:38 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Serena Williams (USA) looks dejected against Simona Halep (ROU) during their Ladies’ Singles Final on Day 12 of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)


Over the last two decades, Venus and Serena Williams have earned a huge name in the sport. They have won many laurels including several Grand Slams together and even in the singles category. However, none of it would be possible if their father, Richard Williams, didn’t back them in their childhoods.

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Richard Williams has played a big role in the development of both Serena Williams and Venus Williams. However, his health condition is not that good at the moment as he recently suffered from brain damage and dementia following a stroke.

Serena Williams serves during her match against Shelby Rogers during Top Seed Open – Day 5 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

One of Richard Williams’ doctor claimed that he is totally incapacitated to conduct any business. He is 79-years-old at the moment and is going through a tough time in his life.

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According to reports, Richard suffered two strokes in 2018. As a result, his condition became so critical that he could barely speak after that incident.

All the facts about his deteriorating situation came to limelight when the doctors told all this to the court. The 79-year-old is also fighting a divorce battle against his ex-wife. His close associate, Simon, is representing him in the court at the moment.

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Fans are eagerly waiting for the release of his bio-pic- ‘King Richard’. The movie portrays the struggle of Richard Williams and how he helped both her daughters to reach where they are today. Interestingly, renowned Hollywood actor, Will Smith, is playing his role in the movie. The trailer of the film is out and the film will be released later this year.

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Recently, fans also witnessed Richard on the court. He came back to help her daughter, Venus, who is not able to find her momentum and form this year. It is incredible that the 79-year-old man is still ready to help her daughter in every possible way.

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It’s not just tennis where Richard has played an active part in the lives of his daughters. He also took care of their early businesses and ventures. Thus, it will not be wrong to say that it is the efforts of Richard only that have transformed both Venus and Serena into brands today.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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