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Venus and Serena Williams’ 81-Year-Old Father’s ‘Heart of Gold’ Narrated by His Close Friend in an Obscure Tale of Nostalgia

Published 08/12/2023, 2:24 PM EDT

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It is rightfully said that Richard Williams, the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams has a heart of gold. He sacrificed almost everything and only had one dream, to make his daughters the best players in the world. His dedication eventually paid off and he played a monumental role in developing two of the finest names in tennis. After having stepped down from the coaching role years ago, it seems like you could not take the tennis out of him. He recently garnered praise from his friend and childhood coach of his daughters.

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Rick Macci, the former coach of Serena Williams took to Twitter to share a news that took many surprise.

Rick Macci shares why Serena Williams’ father has a golden heart


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Interestingly, ‘King’ Williams dedicated all his life to coaching his daughters, who turned out to be two of the best players in the world. Recently, Rick Macci took to Twitter and shared news revolving around ‘King’ Williams. He said that he received a call from him stating that he would be requiring some tennis rackets for underprivileged kids.

Rick further revealed that this is the main reason why he loves Richard while also mentioning that he has a ‘heart of gold’. Interestingly, both Rick and Richard have worked with each other before as well. When Rick was Serena’s head coach, he was often seen with Richard Williams seeking advice and sharing information.


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“Richard Williams called me and wanted 6 of VW older Wilson racquets restrung for underprivileged kids at a clinic. This is why I love this guy. Heart of Gold. After restringing the sticks he said Rick just take it out of the 15%. Same old Compton Comedian!” revealed Rick Macci via Tweet.

Thus, this revelation puts an idea about the character of Richard Williams and how he has a heart of gold. In 2021, a movie was also based on his life, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams. Later, the success of the movie got him the fame that he always deserved. He also revealed how he got more offers after the success of his movie.


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Richard Williams got an offer worth than $500k after ‘King Williams’ success

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In an interview, Richard Williams and his stepson revealed that they were offered more than $500k for a TV show after the movie’s success. The show was supposed to focus specifically on the life of Richard Williams after tennis.


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Thus, over time, Richard Williams has made a significant impact both on and off the court. His struggles and hardships eventually paid off after he went down to create 2 most successful players in tennis. Not only this, he has been doing significant work off the courts to help children get a chance to know more about the sport.



Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.

Edited By: Tony Thomas