Serena Williams’ dad “King Richard” says he called her to beg for more tournaments after her last match, so she will officially be “the greatest ever,” US Sun EXCLUSIVELY reveals.
ex-coach king richard, 80, who coached both Serena and her sister Venus Since childhood, she didn’t think she should hang her racket at this point in her career.
Tennis icon Serena She announced in August that she was stepping away from sports Focus on further business endeavors, and expanding her young family.
The 41-year-old, who already has a five-year-old daughter, Olympiawith the husband Alexis OhanianMoving Cover Books Our VOGUE story about her difficult decision to walk away.
“There are people who say I’m not the goat because I haven’t succeeded Margaret Court has a record 24 Grand Slam singles titlesWhich I achieved before the ‘Open Era’ that began in 1968,” she wrote in the animated piece.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. Obviously I do. But day in and day out, I don’t really think about her.”
Serena played the final match of her professional career in September at Arthur Ashe Stadium New York City During US Open Championship.
in spite of He lost to Australian Ajla TomljanovicThe game was reported to be the most watched in ESPN history with an average of 4.2 million viewers.
Her father, Richard He had several strokes As a result, she gave a rare interview to The US Sun this month, and occasionally struggles with communication issues.
He sits next to his son Chavoeta Laysan At their home in Florida, he said he was incredibly proud of both of his daughters, and he knew it Serena’s career It was about to end.
Although he’s reluctant to talk about them now that they’re household names, he did reveal that he wants Serena to hit the courtroom number and possibly even crash it.
“I wanted her to play at least two more tournaments,” Richard, who has been described as a “hot and controversial figure” in the tennis world, told The US Sun. She said no, she wouldn’t.
I asked Serena maybe six weeks ago, maybe two months ago, probably. But she’s done a lot, she has a lot of other businesses and she’s very successful.
“Her child [Olympia] unbelievable. She already speaks English and French very well… This kid is doing very well,” he said, adding that he hopes to be a serious again soon and now supports Serena’s decision.
He added, “I said, ‘Why don’t you play?'” She said, “I can. I think I can win, but I can’t do that anymore. Yeah, I won’t do that anymore.”
Richard said she is “very happy” despite her decision and is “an amazing mother”, remaining humble despite her wealth and raising her daughter well.
The star and her famous sister both have a number of other businesses that they run, with Serena being the main one I started a venture capital firm In the last years.
I was proud of them even before they were born.”
Richard Williams on his daughters Serena and Venus.
She admitted in her VOGUE article that she struggled with an idea quit tennis For some time, he says, “I’ve been reluctant to admit I had to move on from playing tennis. It’s like a taboo subject.”
“It came up, and I started crying. I think the only person I really went with was my therapist.”
She also talked about becoming a mother again, revealing her daughter Olympia tells her that all she wants to be when she grows up is a “big sister”.
Olympia says this a lot, even when she knows I’m listening. Sometimes before bed she prays to Jehovah to get her a little sister. [She doesn’t want anything to do with a boy!]
“I am the youngest of five sisters, and my sisters are my heroes, so I felt like this was a moment that I had to listen to very carefully.”
We talk about both his daughters“I was so proud of them even before they were born,” laughed her father, Richard, who devised a plan to turn them into tennis greats, even writing a 78-page manifesto outlining a blueprint for success.
But Richard says that if they were ever welcomed into the world in 2023, he wouldn’t want them to play tennis at all.
“I wanted them to make money from tennis, but it’s a completely different world today, I’m going to get them to focus on business like they have now, it’s extraordinary,” he said.
His son Chavoeta explained: “I think what he means is, he sees life very differently. He realized in tennis there is a ceiling, and the ceiling is here.” [tournament wins].
“But when you’re in business, there’s no ceiling, some business. The sky’s the limit.”
Asked what the girls would have done if they hadn’t played tennis, Richard revealed, “Serena wanted to be an animal doctor, and I think Venus wanted to be an engineer.”
Venus, 42, recently Withdrew from the Australian Open Due to the injury there have been whispers that she may also be ready to retire in the coming months.
Her father believes that she is more passionate about playing tennis than settling down at the moment, but she might as well quit and focus on other projects.
When asked if he thought she would start a family of her own, he said, “I don’t think so, I really don’t. She really loves kids, but I don’t think she’s going to have kids.” [And] I think she can quit [tennis] very soon.”
Venus had a number of Health She struggles throughout her career, including being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome – a rare autoimmune disease, which can cause joint pain, numbness, and swelling.
She has her own fashion She also hints that she might follow in her father’s and tennis coach’s footsteps, which he agrees to.
The success of the film
She recently said, “I love learning, and I love teaching. Believe it or not, I love teaching junior tennis.”
“I love that moment when people’s eyes light up, and they think, ‘Oh, I get it now! “You just have to be loved.”
the Hollywood biopic of King Richardstarring will Smith Like Williams, he told the story of Serena and Venus through their father’s eyes — and how he encouraged them to succeed.
He will win Best Actor in The 2022 Academy Awards for his portrayal of the no-nonsense Richard, who was pleased with the film after initially expressing concern that he might be a villain in the film.
His son described his father as “phenomenal” and said that although he is not a big fan of tennis and does not watch matches, he can appreciate what his father did in a match.
“When I look at his accomplishments as a father, a tennis coach, a tennis manager, being coached by a guy called Old Whiskey, it’s absolutely amazing. It’s amazing.”
“I think my dad went too far in tennis, even though he got a lot of criticism, even though I never really cared about criticism.
“It’s amazing to look at what Venus and Serena have achieved, especially with them being African Americans, and having to jump over so many obstacles.”