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‘She Let Richard Do the Heavy Lifting’ – Former Coach Says Mother Oracene Was the ‘Calming Force’ Behind Venus and Serena Williams’ Success

Published 09/27/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

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Venus Williams and Serena Williams share a very special bond. They are one of the most accomplished sibling duos in women’s tennis history. The two support each other on and off the tennis court.

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Similarly, when it comes to supporting, their father, Richard Williams, has significantly impacted the sisters’ success. However, one particular person always had an equal influence in the sisters’ lives, and that’s their mother, Oracene Price. Former American player and tennis coach Rick Macci revealed that mother Oracene Price had an equal, soothing influence on the Williams sisters’ success.


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Former coach Rick Macci on Oracene and her influence on Venus and Serena Williams’ success

Earlier in an interview, Serena Williams and Venus’ former coach Rick Macci has been vocal about Oracene Price’s support and influence on her children.  

She wanted to make sure they were kids. She wanted to make sure that they had a teenage life, and she did everything possible to make that just as important. She was probably the best tennis mom ever, because she let Richard do the heavy lifting, and she was Mom.” he said.


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The 67-year-old further went on to say, “And that balance, all we can say is: How can you argue with the results? She should be in the Hall of Fame as a mom.

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Venus Williams, Serena’s older sister, reacted just like the rest of us. She, during an interview, said that it was unthinkable for her. It’s worth noting that even at 42, Venus is still very much in the game and looking forward to enlisting her sister’s help in the coming days.

The Williams sisters were an unbeatable doubles team, and they finished their careers together at the US Open by playing their last match together. While Venus will continue to compete, she has no plans to return to doubles.


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In an emotional speech following her last match, Serena thanked everyone who had helped her along the way. She singled out Venus as the source of all her success. Fans of the Williams sisters would be itching to see Venus take the court soon now that Serena has retired.

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Written by:

Sampreet Shetty


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Sampreet Shetty is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in engineering, he started his professional career as a content writer. Sampreet started following tennis after witnessing Andy Murray's exploits on the ATP tour during his heyday.
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Pritam Priyedarshi