“Blow Everyone’s Mind”: American Actor on Venus and Serena Williams’ ‘King Richard’

Published 09/18/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
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)


American duo, Serena Williams and Venus Williams have been at the forefront of tennis for decades. When they first arrived on the WTA Tour, they caught everyone’s attention with their stellar talent and, notably, their hard-hitting groundstrokes. 

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Now, the legendary sisters once again find themselves at the heart of the headlines. The world of cinema is currently preparing for the release of their inspirational biopic, titled, ‘King Richard.’ A movie that unfolds the story behind the scenes and depicts the man behind two sensational athletes, their father, Richard Williams. 

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A cinematic masterpiece awaits

The movie created a huge buzz around the world, with Will Smith starring in the lead role of the film. Alongside him also features Jon Bernthal, who recently opened up on the much-awaited release. He stated, “So we have this movie King Richard that’s coming out. I’m so proud of it, this movie is so beautifully done. Every aspect of it is right.”

372178 06: FILE PHOTO: Richard Williams, center, with his daughters Venus, left, and Serena 1991 in Compton, CA. Serena and Venus Williams will be playing against each other for the first time July 6, 2000 in the tennis semifinals at Wimbledon. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

“I’m telling you, Will Smith is going to blow everyone’s mind away, but really everybody’s work is so across the board, it’s a sports movie,” he added.

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Serena Williams didn’t impress in 2021

It’s been a tough season for the 23-time Grand Slam champion. Despite a strong start in Melbourne, Serena couldn’t make it past the semi-finals of the 2021 Australian Open. Even at the French Open, she lost in the fourth round of the tournament.

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However, it wasn’t until her withdrawal from the Wimbledon Championship that rumors of retirement emerged. Sadly, she withdrew from the US Open a couple of months later. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Like her sister, Venus too appeared in Melbourne, but exited the tournament in the second round. Adding to her misery, she lost her first-round clash at the French Open, following by a second-round elimination from the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Falling victim to physical setbacks, she too skipped the US Open, this season. 

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Fans now remain eager for the film release and wait to see the Williams sisters compete strongly in the upcoming season next year. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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