‘I Can’t Do It No More’ – Ailing ‘King’ Richard Reveals Intimate Talk With Serena Williams Before She Called It Quits

Published 01/19/2023, 8:30 AM EST
CARLSBAD, CA – AUGUST 3: Richard Williams, father of Venus Williams, watches as she competes against Anna Chakvetadze of Russia during the Day 5 match of the Acura Classic at the La Costa Resort and Spa August 3, 2007 in Carlsbad, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams played a crucial role in her early development as a tennis player. The 41-year-old recently said goodbye after a 27-year-long career. While the whole world stood up and applauded, Richard was sad. The 80-year-old wanted to see more of his daughter. In a recent interview, the father of the legendary tennis sister duo spoke about Serena‘s retirement and his reaction to it.

Richard Williams wanted Serena to play more

Like any father, Richard Williams was sad to see his daughter give up the sport she has loved all her life. When the 41-year-old revealed her intention to retire from tennis, Richard tried his best to stop her. In a recent interview with The Sun, Richard said, “I wanted her to play at least a couple more tournaments. She said no, she won’t do it. I asked Serena about maybe six weeks ago, two months ago, probably. But she’s done a great deal, she has lots of other businesses and is very successful.”


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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

He further recalled, “I said, ‘Why don’t you play?’ She said, ‘I could. I think I could win, but I can’t do it no more. Yeah, I won’t do it no more.'”


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Richard Williams actually echoed the feelings of millions of Serena fans. All they wish for in common is to see the queen of court back in action. However, it seems like Serena has completely moved on from tennis now.


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Serena took the leap of faith after four months of her retirement. The 41-year-old won 23 Grand Slam titles in her 27-year-long career. She established herself as a role model and icon for the African- American community of the US. We wish Serena a happy post-retirement life.




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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