‘He Never Ever Blinked’: Coach Rick Macci on the Determination of Venus and Serena Williams’ Father Richard Williams

Published 01/11/2022, 10:30 AM EST
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)


Venus and Serena Williams are two of the finest tennis players in the history of the sport. The iconic duo has dominated the WTA Tour over the last two decades, putting up staggering numbers – 30 combined Grand Slam titles to be exact. However, behind their success has been the steely determination of their father, Richard Williams.

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Richard introduced the sisters to tennis and started giving lessons to them when they were only four years old. He would take them to the public tennis courts and train them. Rick Macci, their former coach, who also played a pivotal part in shaping the careers of the Williams sisters, has opened up on the personality of Richard Williams.

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Rick Macci speaks glowingly about Venus and Serena Williams’ father

Rick Macci is one of the most celebrated coaches of all time. He has coached the likes of Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, and many more. Recently, Macci took to Twitter to give his opinion on Richard Williams.

He tweeted, “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!”

Rick Macci first met the Williams sisters in California in 1991 where he saw them train. Soon, the two gentlemen struck a healthy relationship and Macci became the first coach of Venus and Serena. Together, they played a crucial role in the Williams sisters’ dominance in women’s tennis.

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22 Jul 1992: Venus Williams receives instructions from her father Richard and coach Rick Macci in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

Inspired by the role of Richard Williams in the success of his daughters, a biographical drama film named ‘King Richard’ was released last year. The movie stars Will Smith portraying the character of Richard, who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance.

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It is impossible to imagine the dominance of the two sisters without their father’s influence.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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