‘People Were Freaking Out’: Rick Macci Tells an Unknown Story About Venus and Serena Williams and the Time They Played Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals

Published 02/02/2022, 10:30 AM EST
22 Jul 1992: Venus Williams receives instructions from her father Richard and coach Rick Macci in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

The movie ‘King Richard’ told us many stories about Venus and Serena Williams and their early days. We saw the way the Williams sisters used to train with their parents, which was really inspiring. Apart from their father, Richard Williams and mother, Oracene Price, Rick Macci played a vital role in their career. 

The legendary tennis coach, Macci, has trained many famous tennis players, including Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, and Jennifer Capriati. Recently, he talked about a few stories about the Williams sisters that didn’t make it into the ‘King Richard’ movie.

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Rick Macci tells an interesting story about Venus and Serena Williams

In the movie, ‘King Richard’, the director, Reinaldo Marcus Green, told us many interesting stories about Serena and Venus Williams.  

We all saw that Richard wasn’t keen on letting Venus and Serena play in the junior tournaments. Rick didn’t mind it as much, even though the movie portrayed otherwise. The story Macci revealed was about a Venus Williams doll.

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)

Although the Williams sisters didn’t play any junior tournaments, they used to play many exhibition matches during their early days. They got an invitation from South Carolina to play an exhibition match at the Family Circle Cup. They played against the great Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals, one of the best doubles team of all time. 

During the match, Venus standing near the service line rather than the baseline to return serve. The Williams sisters didn’t know how to play the doubles, but sure knew how to fight without caring about the opposition. The sisters showed their heart and fighting spirit and made 5,000 people in the stands go absolutely crazy over two young players. 

According to Rick, “They didn’t play doubles, but they knew how to fight… People were freaking out, they were freaking out, how aggressive they were. The match ends, everybody’s blown away by the intensity and enthusiasm.”

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However, after the match, when they were going to the airport, Venus was talking to a doll about her performance in the match. Venus’ behavior surprised Macci, who realized that they were first and foremost children before being tennis players. 

“The moral of the story, and Richard knew, that I knew, they are kids first and tennis players second,” Macci said in conclusion.

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What did you think of the unreal story revealed by Macci? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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