‘As if They Were His Own’- ‘King’ Richard Actor Narrates How Coach Rick Macci Firmly Believed in Venus and Serena Williams’ Talent

Published 07/30/2022, 6:50 AM EDT

Venus and Serena Williams started their training under the aegis of their father, Richard Williams. Later on, Richard Williams introduced his daughters to their first official coach, Rick Macci. The father and the coach worked ardently in training the Williams sisters.

In the critically acclaimed film, ‘King Richard’, Jon Bernthal played the role of Macci. Earlier this year, the actor talked about how the coach embraced the Williams family as his own.

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Rick Macci’s dedication towards the Williams sisters

The actor, Jon Bernthal, talked about the role of Macci in shaping the careers of the Williams sisters. He talked about the process of the coach being a part of the family, and said, “Ultimately, he falls in love with this family that he works for. He falls in love with these young women.”

Furthermore, he stressed about the sense of belonging that the coach had felt with Williams sisters. “He believes in them as if they were his own. He wants them to be successful, not for his own pocketbook. He wants them to be successful because he loves them so much and he believes in his family,” he added.

This is evident as Richard Williams and Rick Macci went on to become good friends. These two still share a valuable friendship and praise each other’s role in shaping the glorious careers of the Williams sisters.

What are Venus and Serena Williams’ next courses of action?

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Richard Williams and Rick Macci showed solidarity and trained both Venus and Serena Williams together. After dominating the women’s circuit for more than two decades, the sisters are finally nearing their final few years of their tennis careers.

22 Jul 1992: Venus Williams receives instructions from her father Richard and coach Rick Macci in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

Currently, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, has confirmed her participation in the Citi Open and is also excited about her participation at the National Bank Open in Toronto. On the other hand, the younger sister with 23 grand slam titles, Serena Williams, is gearing up to battle for her 24th title at the US Open.

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However, before that, she will play at the National Bank Open in Toronto and in the Cincinnati Masters.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

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