‘He Was Beating the Drum’-Former Coach of Venus, and Serena Williams Responds to the Allegation by Tiger Woods’ Father on Richard Williams

Published 06/19/2022, 11:41 AM EDT
22 Jul 1992: Venus Williams receives instructions from her father Richard and coach Rick Macci in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

Sisters Venus and Serena Williams are two of the most loved tennis personalities all over the world. Both of them have achieved some remarkable feats in their careers and are legends of the game. While the girls have worked very hard to reach where they are today, their father, Richard Williams, played a pivotal role in their early careers. While he himself had no exposure to the game, Richard provided girls with the best he could.

Another person who closely saw the growth of Williams sisters was their former coach Rick Macci. While the entire world acknowledges Richard’s contribution to his daughter’s development, a few were not happy with his excessive engagement. One such person was Earl Woods, the father of legendary Golf player Tiger Woods.

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Rick Macci comments on Earl Woods’ comments

Recently, the former coach of the Williams sisters, Rick Macci was present at a Spotify podcast where the host asked him about Earl Woods’ comments. Notably, the father of legendary golf player had accused Richard of enjoying the limelight earned by his daughters. “He’s way too involved in way too many interviews. I’ve backed off on letting Tiger take the spotlight.” Woods said.

Replying to the question, Macci acknowledged that Richard did like the spotlight, but it’s not a fair comparison because he was raising girls and he was just protecting them.

“Yes, Richard loved the spotlight, but it’s a little different with girls. You know, I think there was a lot of protection. Richard Williams was an amazing father. Every single day there were life lessons, but he was beating the drum. He liked exposure. He was putting a lot of helium in the balloon. But he was a very very confident guy.” He said.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Serena Williams of the United States cools down between sets during her Ladies’ Singles fourth round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

While Earl Woods might not like the way Richard stood by his daughters, it’s for sure that both Earl and Richard gave world-class athletes to America.

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Serena Williams to partner with Ons Jabeur

23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams hasn’t played tennis for over one year now. With her increasing age, the fans were getting restless to see their favorite tennis star back on the court. Serena pleasantly surprised everyone when she announced her plans to play the Wimbledon this year. However, the 40-year-old will return to the action in Eastbourne, playing a doubles tournament along with Ons Jabeur.

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The Tunisian currently holds the rank of number 4th in the world and will play as a partner for the 40-year-old as a warm-up for the upcoming Wimbledon Championship.

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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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