‘We were going to be number one’: how Richard Williams molded two tennis legends

The Oscar-tipped new drama King Richard tells the story of Venus, Serena and their father, who is celebrated here by those who knew him

The first surprise came when he climbed into the battered Volkswagen van. “I get in the passenger side and I sit down in the front seat and I get harpooned in the buttock,” tennis coach Rick Macci recalls in a phone interview.

“There’s a spring sticking up and there’s four months’ worth of garbage, McDonald’s wrappers, dirty clothes, tennis balls in the back. I mean, it was crazy, and there’s little Venus and Serena sitting in there and I’m going, ‘Jesus, this is like I’m in a movie.’”

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