‘They Couldn’t Play Tennis’ – Will Smith Details What Serena Williams and Venus Williams Faced Growing Up

Published 02/17/2022, 6:02 AM EST

Behind every success story, there is a pillar who supports the individual. The Williams sisters’ case is no different. Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, constantly backed and motivated them to achieve greater heights.

Moreover, he was the one who introduced them to tennis. He started training them when they were four and a half years old. Further, he took them to the public tennis courts to give them lessons in tennis.

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A biographical drama film named ‘King Richard‘ was released in November last year. Will Smith played the role of Richard Williams, and the film became a massive hit at the box office. Recently, Will Smith has revealed an interesting fact regarding the Williams sisters.

Will Smith describes the punishment Venus and Serena Williams got from their father

In a candid talk about the film ‘King Richard’, the American actor described how he felt in the shoes of Richard Williams. During the film shooting, the elder Williams sister revealed an intriguing fact to him. Sharing what Venus told him, he said, “one of the beautiful things that Venus said was that when they were growing up, their punishment was that they couldn’t play tennis.”

Further, he added, “somehow Richard found a way that he was following the girls. It’s not pushing, it’s not driving, it’s not pounding.” 

Talking about playing the role of Richard Williams, Will said, “It’s a really strange process as an actor and you never know what will be the thing that makes you get a character. With Richard, it was a connection to my own daughter.”

The Williams sisters’ success story

The two sisters are one of the most successful siblings the sport has seen. The younger Williams sister has won an astonishing 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in the open era. Moreover, she is just a major title away from equaling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

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On the other hand, Venus has seven Grand Slam singles titles in her kitty. Further, the two have also combined as a pair to win 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Serena Williams of the United States plays a shot in her first round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

However, the Williams sisters are out of action currently due to injuries. They would be eager to get back on the courts soon, and we, to see them play. Will you be excited to see the Williams sisters back? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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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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