Richard Williams is the father of two of the biggest names in tennis history- Venus and Serena Williams, know the net worth and biography of the tennis coach
Here’s all you need to know about the 79-year old man.
Richard Dove Williams was born to Julia Mae Metcalf and Richard Dove Williams Sr. on February 14th, 1942 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Williams Jr. was one of 5 children and was the only son to his parents. His four younger sisters are Pat, Barbara, Penny and Faye. Having lived on East 79th street near railroad tracks for quite some time, the Williams family moved to Saginaw, Michigan after Richard completed his graduation.
Now let’s dig deeper to understand the story of Richard in particular shall we?
Richard Williams Tennis Coach: Biography, Life, Family And Coaching Venus And Serena
Williams began to learn all about tennis from a man known as “Old Whiskey”. It was when he watched Virginia Ruzici play the sport and earn a hefty cash prize for winning a tennis match that Williams decided his daughters Venus and Serena would become tennis players. He wrote up an 85-page schedule/plan for his two daughters to follow and started to give them coaching lessons when they were only four and a half.
Williams took his daughters to public tennis courts to play and a short while later he made them participate in Shreveport tennis tournaments. But in 1995, the man decided to coach Venus and Serena himself after getting them out of a tennis academy.
Under Richard Williams Jr., Venus and Serena have won a total of 128 Singles titles (49 by Venus and 73 by Serena) and 28 Doubles titles (21 (S-V)-2 (V)-5(S). Serena had won the US Open in 1999 whereas her sister Venus defeated Lindsay Davenport to clench the Wimbledon title in 2000.
Here’s a list of some significant tournaments won by the Williams sisters under their father and coach/mentor Richard Williams:
Career Golden Slam- Singles (Serena)
7x Australian Open- Serena
3x French Open- Serena
12x Wimbledon- Williams sisters
8x US Open- Williams sisters
2x Olympic Gold Medal- Williams sisters
6x WTA Tour Championships- Williams sisters
28× WTA Tier I/Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 (Williams sisters)
Career Golden Slam – Doubles (Williams sisters)
4× Australian Open (Williams sisters)
2× French Open (Williams sisters)
5x Wimbledon (Williams sisters)
2× US Open (Williams sisters)
3× Olympic Gold Medal
Fed Cup champions (Williams sisters)
2× Hopman Cup (Serena)
Richard Williams: Life, Marriages And Health
Married three times, Williams has 5 children with his first wife Betty Johnson who he married in 1965- Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss and Reneeka, all grew up with Betty’s other sister Katrina. They got divorced in 1973.
He then got married to Oracene “Brandy” Price (mother of Serena and Venus) in 1980 and the family resided in Compton, California. The couple eventually got divorced in 2002.
After he got divorced to Oracene, Richard tied the knot with his girlfriend Lakeisha Juanita Graham in 2010 and welcomed their son Dylan 2 years later in 2012. This marriage also lasted only up till 2017. Williams’ other children include son Chavoita LeSane. After a while, the man started taking interest in other fields like photography and was not that much involved in his daughters’ tennis careers.
His health deteriorated after he suffered a stroke in 2016. Even though Williams was stabilised at the time, he has suffered continuous strokes since then.
Richard Williams Tennis Coach Net Worth/Income And Movie
As of 2021, Richard Williams’ net worth is $20 million. He worked as a tennis coach for his daughters Venus and Serena for the majority of his life and earned his income from the same occupation. Williams’ biographical movie called ‘King Richard’ is ready to release all across the globe on 19th of November, 2021. It stars Will Smith as Williams and is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.