“Keep Training and Go Pro”: Serena Williams Gives Career Change Advice to ‘King Richard’ Actresses

Published 11/06/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
16 Jan 1998: Teenage tennis sisters from America, Venus (left) and Serena Williams take time off a practise session to pose together during the Adidas International event at White City in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport


From the trailers and snippets only, Venus and Serena Williams’ father’s biopic ‘King Richard’ starring Will Smit has received many great reviews. Mostly, the two actors playing the Williams sisters onscreen have got the viewer’s attention with their tennis skills. So did they know how to play tennis before filming the movie? For this, the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams answered the question herself.

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Recently, Serena visited Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about her father’s biopic ‘King Richard.’ During the show, she revealed why Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton seem to be good tennis players who play Venus and Serena in the film, respectively. Later on, the tennis queen had some career advice for the two phenomenal actors.

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Serena Williams on the two girls playing herself and Venus Williams in ‘King Richard’

First and foremost, Serena revealed a big challenge about filming tennis for movies. Then, she shared how Saniyya and Demi cleared the challenge.

“Tennis is one sport in the movies that you can’t really fake,” Serena explained to Jimmy Kimmel. “You can always tell, like okay, they’re not a real player. These girls once they cast, they learned how to play tennis, and they learned how to play our technique of tennis.”

Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

In continuation, the four-time Olympic gold medal winner praised the talents of the two actors. Serene even recommended the two continue tennis training and become professionals.

“It was Saniyya who played Venus and then Demi who played me, and you can’t understand that they didn’t play tennis before. It seemed like they played; they are hitting their whole lives,” Serena added. “They should keep training and go pro. Why not continue. So my dad will have two more champions; it’d be really cool.”

Conclusively, the movie is all set to inspire the world with the legacy of determined Richard Williams and her two tennis champion daughters, Venus and Serena. It hits the theatres in the United States on 19th November 2021.

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Serena confirms her tennis return date in 2022

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Serena announced that she has recovered from her hamstring injury and is ready to compete at the Australian Open 2022. Thus, fans cannot wait for the next season to begin.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

But until then, all tennis fans are counting down days to watch ‘King Richard’ movie. How excited are you to watch the legacy of the Williams family unravel on the big screen?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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