‘Tabloid Stuff’: Rick Macci Rubbishes Rumors Around His Relationship with Richard, Venus and Serena Williams

Published 12/16/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)


King Richard, the biographical drama about the lives of Venus and Serena Williams, is a major success. The movie has won over critics and audiences alike. Furthermore, it has also bagged several nominations for prestigious awards, too.

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The movie depicts Richard Williams, father to Venus and Serena Williams, and the way he raised the two sisters. Then, his two daughters grew up to become two of the greatest players in tennis history.

Macci has a great relationship with Venus and Serena Williams

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Rick Macci was the first coach to both Venus and Serena Williams as they were aiming to move up the ranks. He catapulted their career in the beginning through his training and financial help. He recently provided an update on how his relationship with the Williams family is now.

1992: Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams ride with their father Richard Williams at a tennis camp in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

In an interview with Eric Han, Macci was asked about how his disagreements about the sister’s contracts affected him at the time. Additionally, he was asked to share if it also affected his relationship with the family.

“No, not at all,” Macci replied. “When it was all said and done, we worked everything out and I was more than happy.” Macci reassures that he had no problem with the contract ending at the time.

“We have a great relationship. I love the girls,” Macci reassures. Moreover, he also talked about having visited Richard Williams at Palm Beach last week. Then, he talks about his mutual love and respect for Richard. “When you love someone that much and respect them as a father- forget that I didn’t continue on- no, there’s no regrets whatsoever- everything’s phenomenal!”

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Finally, Macci addresses rumors of disagreements between Richard and himself. “What people say or what they read, that’s tabloid stuff…. We were family, I wasn’t just Venus or Serena’s coach,” he states.

22 Jul 1992: Venus Williams receives instructions from her father Richard and coach Rick Macci in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

He then talks about his reunion with both Venus and Serena Williams at the red carpet event for ‘King Richard’. “Everybody was laughing, (there were) a few tears, we went back down on memory lane,” Macci describes.

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“There was no problem whatsoever,” Macci has now cleared out the air about his relationship with the Williams even at the time they parted ways.

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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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