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81YO Richard Williams’ ‘Number One Quality’ Unveiled as Venus and Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Narrates Obscure Tale From 1994

Published 10/12/2023, 1:02 PM EDT

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Venus and Serena Williams‘ father, Richard Williams, and Rick Macci shared a complicated relationship. But every now and then, the 68-year-old coach never misses out on an opportunity to recall the time that he spent with Richard. Recently, the 42-year-old American tennis legend’s childhood coach revealed the doting father’s number one quality, stating that his friend was the biggest strength behind the Williams sisters’ success.

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King Richard and Macci shared a bond that became stronger when the iconic system duo got ready to rule the tennis arena. Let’s take a look at what the seven-time USPTA national coach has to say about his friends being the greatest DAD.

Serena Williams’ former coach talks about Richard Williams 


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Rick Macci, who nurtured Serena and Venus into what they are today, made a huge revelation regarding King Richard. He took to his Twitter account to share an incident nearly two decades ago. He revealed how the 81-year-old American coach, not only thought about tennis but also thought about educating his daughters.

He wrote, “The number one quality of Richard Williams was the importance of EDUCATION to @serenawilliams @Venuseswilliams. Every day he would weave this into the equation. Even when VEE made her EPIC debut in 1994 she spoke to 3 public schools about you guessed it EDUCATION. What a DAD!” 


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Although the 7-time Grand Slam Champion’s father’s dream was all about training his daughters to be the best on the court, he also focused on other aspects of their lives. Subsequently, just like any other father, he was quite dedicated to giving his daughters a good education in terms of schooling, apart from their athletic knowledge.

Nevertheless, last year he also disclosed Venus and Serena Williams’ father’s determination that he carried throughout their early tennis days.

When Macci acknowledged Richard Williams’ determination 

Last year, just like the way he revealed the number one quality, he also made a huge revelation regarding his continuous determination to make his daughter the best tennis player. Subsequently, he wrote on Twitter, “Richard Williams was the same exact guy/dad every single day for 4 years. Determined passionate funny smart different loving caring serious focused unpredictable and very confident. He never ever blinked. I LOVE THIS GUY. RICHARD WILLPOWER!” 


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The 68-year-old American coach first met the Williams sisters in 1991. Since then, both of them have shared a healthy relationship and played a crucial role in the iconic sister’s dominance in the tennis world. Although Macci is one of the most celebrated coaches of all time, he never misses an opportunity to praise another celebrated coach, his friend King Richard.


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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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Aishwary Gaonkar