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Former Serena Williams Coach Reveals How Will Smith’s King Richard Portrayed the Sisters’ 81-Year-Old Ailing Father Differently – ‘A Lot More..’

Published 04/24/2023, 4:20 PM EDT

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Numerous fans loved the movie “King Richard,” which is based on the inspiring journey of Venus and Serena Williams and their father, Richard Williams. Richard coached the legendary sisters and helped them evolve into tennis superstars. The movie has been praised for its portrayal of the Williams family’s rise to success. However, there have been criticisms about how accurately Richard was portrayed. In a recent tweet, Serena Williams’ former coach, Rick Macci, shared his thoughts on the matter.

Macci tweeted that the movie did not accurately portray the legendary coach. The legendary sisters have often credited their father for their success. His legacy continues to inspire a new generation of young athletes.

Serena Williams’ former coach shares his thoughts on the portrayal of Richard in the movie


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Macci has worked with Richard in the past, making his comments particularly noteworthy. Some viewers have praised the movie for its portrayal of Richard as a strong and determined father. However, others have criticized him for overlooking his flaws and glossing over his controversial decisions.

The American coach’s comments have shed new light on the debate. It has sparked further discussion about the movie’s accuracy. The coach replied in an interview that he was a lot more stubborn than the movie portrayed.


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Macci tweeted, ” Just finished a radio interview and was asked was Richard Williams really that stubborn as portrayed in the movie @kingrichard. The was no he was not. He was a lot more stubborn than the movie portrayed and that is why I love this guy and father. RICHARD WILLPOWER!🐐🐐”

His tweet sheds light on the complexity of Richard’s character and how he played a crucial role in shaping the careers of his daughters.


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The 81-year-old ailing coach was determined to make his daughters world-class tennis players. He trained them on dilapidated tennis courts in Compton, California, and instilled in them the belief that they could become champions. Despite his unorthodox training methods, which included using unconventional equipment and drills, his daughters began to show promise. Serena and Venus went on to win a combined 30 Grand Slam titles and became two of the most dominant players in tennis history.

Macci once tweeted about Serena’s competitive spirit with her fans

While praising Richard and the Williams sisters in the past, Macci shed light on the way their surroundings shaped their attitude on the court. The coach tweeted that Serena was shaped by “brutal Compton street fights” that helped develop her “GOAT qualities” as a child. Macci was impressed with her natural athleticism and competitive drive. He recalled that she loved to play competitive points every day from a young age.


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Despite growing up in a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles, Serena had the support of her family and coaches like Macci, who believed in her and helped her overcome the challenges she faced on her way to becoming a tennis legend. With 23 Grand Slam singles titles and numerous records, Serena’s journey to the top was not easy. Her talent and hard work combined with the support of her loved ones have made her an inspiration to fans around the world. Let us know what you think about the American legend’s legacy in your comments below.



Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.

Edited By: Tony Thomas