“No One Knew Richard Better Than Myself”: Coach Rick Macci Talks of the Accuracy in Venus and Serena Williams’ Biopic

Published 12/12/2021, 5:00 AM EST

King Richard, the newly released biographical drama on Venus and Serena Williams, is winning over the hearts of critics and viewers alike. The movie shows how their father, Richard Williams, raised them to be strong enough to take on the biggest odds in life.

The movie is definitely in Oscar contention. Director Reinaldo Marcus Green has ensured that all things in the story he tells remain completely accurate. Thus, the former coach of Venus and Serena Williams, legendary Rick Macci, talked about how accurate movie is.

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Rick Macci talks about the accuracy of the biopic

In his interview with EssentiallySports, Rick Macci talked about the movie. Chiefly, he talked about Venus and Serena Williams growing up, and his adoration for the sisters.

Additionally, he was elated when asked about how accurate the movie was. In his own words, “No one had a better front row seat than Rick Macci!”

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)

Not only was Macci all praises for the movie, but he was also impressed with the accuracy of the entire film. He talked about how he knew Richard Williams better than anybody, barring Oracene (Richard’s wife).

” No one knew Richard better than myself. The attention to detail,” Macci talks. “I can’t even tell you the attention to detail. How accurate so many of these things were! From the clothes to the things that I said when I went to Compton and after the first hour I saw how Venus and Serena (Williams) could move and compete!” Clearly, Macci was impressed with the accuracies of the movie, and who better to corroborate the movie than the sisters’ coach himself?

“Even the tennis, they got it right!” Macci then talks about how ‘King Richard’ has a lesson for everybody. “Even if you don’t play tennis, it’s (the movie) motivational, educational, inspirational, dedication, you name it… I thought it was awesome!”

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According to Macci, Venus and Serena Williams were never afraid of anybody. When they played against Jennifer Capriati on their very first day at the Macci Academy in Florida, they were unfazed.

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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

To Macci, this was a very unique quality in the sisters, which tipped him off early about the greatness that was within them.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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