‘He even argued with..’- ‘Stubborn’ King Richard’s Unwavering Dedication for Venus and Serena Williams Comes to the Fore Yet Again

Published 02/25/2024, 5:32 AM EST

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There is no denying that Venus Williams and Serena Williams have established themselves as legendary figures in women’s tennis. While having a combined 30 singles Grand Slam titles, both American tennis stars have also reached the world No. 1 ranking during their respective journeys on the tour. However, the Williams sisters’ illustrious legacies aren’t the fruit of their labor alone.

Toiling behind Venus and Serena since their childhood has been their father, Richard Williams, who went above and beyond to support both his girls to pursue their passion for the racket game. Reflecting on his remarkable role in his daughters’ tennis journey, the legendary American coach Rick Macci recently hailed ‘King’ Richard.

Venus and Serena Williams’ childhood coach sings the praise of ‘King’ Richard


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The biographical sports drama film ‘King Richard’ perfectly portrays the Williams sisters’ rise to the top echelons of the racket game with the unending support of their father. Richard Williams, who also took on coaching duties for his girls during their childhood, went above and beyond to the point where he questioned his own decisions regarding Venus and Serena.

Notably, the Willaims sisters’ childhood coach, Rick Macci, recently didn’t hold himself back from lauding ‘King’ Richard while also labeling him as ‘stubborn.’ The legendary American coach tweeted, “He never Wavered Blinked Doubted Second Guessed Hesitated or Retreated in Any Decision with his girls. This guy was so Stubborn and Focused he even Argued With Himself! LOVE THE KING! @serenawilliams @Venuseswilliams”


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Aside from his ‘stubborn and focused’ side, Macci also opened up about how he regards Richard as the ‘Compton Comedian.’ He said, “Richard Williams the Compton Comedian would always say Rick You are my Best Friend I ever had… Today. LOVE THIS GUY. @serenawilliams @Venuseswilliams”

This is not the first time that Macci has brought to light the extent of his best friend’s unwavering dedication to his daughter. In another social media post, the American coach revealed the number one thing that he loved about the ‘man on a mission.’

Williams sisters’ childhood coach on Richard Williams’ intense conversations

Back in the early 1990s, Richard decided to join hands with Macci to provide his daughters with the necessary training at the latter’s academy. During this period, they collaborated frequently, and the American coach also got to know about the nature of the conversation that Williams had with his daughter.


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In another tweet, Macci opened up about how the Williams sisters’ father dedicated ‘every single conversation’ with the sole objective that one day Venus and Serena Williams would attain the number 1 ranking on the tour. Macci tweeted, “The Number One thing I loved about the Man on a Mission my best friend (at times) Richard Williams was Every Single Conversation Every Single Day was about being Number One in Singles.”

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What do you think of the legendary American tennis coach hailing ‘King’ Richard on various occasions? Let us know in the comments section. 

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Written by:

Anurag Gusain


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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, who blends his innate talent for journalism with a solid foundation in English, earned during his undergraduate years. With more than two years of content creation under his belt, Anurag seamlessly translates his passion for tennis into captivating articles. At ES, he is the go-to voice for all things Serena Williams, skillfully covering both her on-court legacy and off-court endeavors.
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Shudh Mukherjee