Richard Williams is an American tennis coach, and father of Venus and Serena Williams.
Williams was one among six youngsters and the one son of Julia Mae Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Richard graduated from highschool, moved to Chicago, and finally to California, the place he met Betty Johnson, whom he married in 1965. They’d three daughters and three sons earlier than divorcing in 1973.
In 1979 Williams met Oracene Value, who had three daughters by her late husband. They married in 1980 after Venus was born, and lived for a time in Saginaw, Michigan, however finally moved to Compton.
He took tennis classes from a person often known as “Previous Whiskey” and determined his future daughters can be tennis professionals when he noticed Virginia Ruzici taking part in on tv.
Williams says that he wrote up a 78-page plan, and began giving classes to Venus and Serena after they had been 4 and a half, and commenced taking them to the general public tennis courts.
(He now says he appears like he took them too early, and 6 is a greater age.)Quickly he acquired them into Shreveport tennis tournaments. In 1995, Williams pulled them out of a tennis academy, and coached them himself.
Serena received the US Open in 1999; Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.
After that victory, Richard shouted “Straight Outta Compton!” (in reference to a music by N.W.A primarily based on that space in Los Angeles) and jumped over the NBC broadcasting sales space, catching Chris Evert without warning and performing a triumphant dance.
Evert stated that the broadcasters “thought the roof was coming down”.
Later in his daughters’ careers, he took a much less seen function, turning to different pursuits corresponding to images.
He raised public curiosity once more after his 2002 divorce from Oracene Value and his appearances with new girlfriend Lakeisha Graham, who’s a 12 months older than Venus.
Richard and Lakeisha had been married in 2010. Their son, Dylan Starr Williams, was born in 2012.
In July 2016, Williams suffered a stroke previous to his daughters Venus and Serena successful Wimbledon. His spouse said that his situation is honest.
There’s a person behind that tennis-talent curtain and his title is Richard Williams.
Venus and Serena’s father was not solely the one who acquired the tennis phenoms first taking part in the game, but in addition coached them early of their respective careers, main each to their first Grand Slam titles.
However Williams has not merely been a quiet bystander whereas his daughters walked the highway of on-court dominance.
Fairly the alternative. Now, practically 20 years after the Williams sisters first broke onto the worldwide scene, and with Serena going after yet one more Wimbledon title, Richard is again within the highlight, some of the polarizing figures within the sport.