Comedian Chris Rock, Who Got Insulted by Will Smith, Once Opened Up About How Venus and Serena Williams Changed Sporting History: ‘They Weren’t Country Club Black’

Published 10/02/2022, 8:50 AM EDT
Venus Williams, left, and her sister Serena Williams share a light moment during their doubles tennis match against Els Callens of Belgium and Rita Grande of Italy at the French Open at Roland Garros stadium in Paris Wednesday, June 2, 1999. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) ORG XMIT: ROG131

American tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams are undoubtedly among the finest of all time. The girls from Compton didn’t have it easy, as they fought many challenges on their way to glory. Being a person of color, the first thing their mother taught them was to be proud of themselves. Back in 2013, a documentary on the journey of the Williams sisters came out.

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It largely received positive reviews. American comedian and filmmaker Chris Rock was in particular awe of a specific feature of the Williams sister which the documentary credits to their mother.

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Chris Rock on the image of Venus and Serena Williams

The documentary focuses on the development of both girls from an early age. While we all know the important role Richard Williams played in their training, their mother, Oracene, also had a huge impact on them. The confidence and pride of being what you are is something Serena and Venus got from their mother. Chris Rock was in awe of the way the Williams sisters represented themselves.

“I remembered the braids and I remember they were like really black,” he says on camera. “They were like, black black. They weren’t like, country club black,” Rock said.

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Later, in 2021, a film based on Richard Williams also narrated the story of Serena and Venus and their early struggles. Hollywood star Will Smith played the titular role of Richard Williams and also bagged an Academy award for the same.

Venus Williams ends her doubles journey after sister Serena’s retirement

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Both Serena and Venus are in their forties now. At this age, it is hard for any athlete to be regular in the busy WTA schedule. Both of them sat out of the tour for almost a year and made a return to this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Their performance was below average and Serena retired after the US Open. However, the sisters treated their fans one last time with a doubles participation. However, it ended pretty quickly as the sister duo crashed out after a first-round defeat.

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Later, addressing her fans on social media, Venus revealed that with her sister’s retirement, she will give up playing doubles. However, the 42-year-old is planning to return to the court to play singles after taking some time out. Over the years, both Serena and Venus gave some memorable performances. What’s your favorite Serena and Venus moment? Let us know in the comments.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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