“How Are You Daddy?” Serena Williams to Will Smith on ‘King Richard’ Sets

Published 11/06/2021, 4:05 PM EDT

As we are couple of weeks short for the release of the highly anticipated movie concerning the life of Williams sisters, the official twitter account of King Richard, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, shared a clip of Venus and Serena Williams visiting the shoot one day.


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A highly energetic Serena embraced Will Smith and greeted, “How are you daddy”?. The movie covers the journey of Venus and Serena and their family’s struggle to make both of them successful in the sport of tennis.


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Venus and Serena Williams visited King Richard’s shoot and had great fun with the actors on set

Looking good, Dad. You are doing a good job with the accent”, Serena told Will Smith, appreciating the actor of his efforts.

As both the Williams sisters enter the set, they met Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney, the actors who are playing Serena and Venus respectively in the movie. Will Smith could also be seen talking to Serena about Demi’s incredible efforts to learn the sport.

She’s left handed. So not only she had to learn how to hit the ball with her right hand. So that’s the level of dedication that these kids is making”, explained the actor.

This inspirational movie has already travelled across multiple film festivals and got the applause of critics as a moving tale that describes the struggle of Williams household.

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)

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During one of their conversations inside the set, both the sisters reminisced their past and the fun moments they shared with each other. Talking to Demi Singleton, Venus said, “You are gonna have a crush on a guy named ‘York’. Serena…She’s gonna fall in love with someone named ‘York'”. 

The younger Williams sister was quick to respond and told, “Oh..he’s not gonna be into you”. 

Williams sisters had a forgettable run on WTA tour this year

It would have been a great experience for both the young girls to see Venus and Serena Williams share their stories and have a quick laugh over the same. King Richard hits the screens on the 19th of this month.

Coming to the performances of Serena and Venus this year, it was a forgettable year for both the sisters as Serena couldn’t perform to her expectation post the semi-final run at the Australian Open.

Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While the American was expected to succeed at SW19, she was forced to retire from her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich due to the ankle injury she suffered after a slip on-court.


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Venus Williams, on the other hand, was deservedly given few wild-card opportunities at several tournaments. But the seven-time grand slam champion couldn’t dominate her opponents and bowed out in the initial rounds.

Both the sisters will be looking to make a great effort on the 2022 WTA season, starting with the Australian Open, where the duo faced each other in the finals four years ago.


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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.