'I don't want illiterate people chewing gum' - 'King' Richard once made a nonsensical roadmap for Venus and Serena Williams regarding grandkids

‘I don’t want illiterate people chewing gum’ – ‘King’ Richard once made a nonsensical roadmap for Venus and Serena Williams regarding grandkids

As many know, every step taken by Venus and Serena Williams, at least until reaching the heights of their tennis careers, was planned by their father, Richard Williams. Having a diary and a pen with him, Richard is said to have written almost all of the roadmap for his two daughters. While many believe his track record largely revolved around tennis, that was not the case.

Going back in time to 1997 in an interview with The New York Times, Richard opened up about his plans for Venus and Serena outside of tennis. Although this is a regular interview, the plan came to light as he also had the two tennis legends’ grandchildren.

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Richard Williams stresses the importance of education

To go back in time. Venus Williams made her debut aged just 14 at the Bank of the West Classic. In a strong position since the start of her career, she won her first major at 17 at the 1998 Australian Open. Teaming up with Justin Gimelstob, Venus clinched the mixed doubles title.

Subsequently, she won her first women’s doubles at the age of 18 and the singles title at 19. Although the statistic may seem like a significant number to many, few people know that 19 was the age set by his father Richard as retirement age. Revealing his roadmap for his daughters, Richard began by saying, “I prefer retirement at 19, but Venus says, ‘No, dad, 23, 24’.

1992: Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams ride with their father Richard Williams to a tennis camp in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine/Allsport

The Williams sisters today enjoy the title of two of the most prominent sports personalities in history. However, the mega aura of the two hasn’t stopped Richard from emphasizing the importance of education. Even though Venus and Serena became dominant players in a very short time, Richard, in his plan, made sure to send them to college.

Elaborating on the post-retirement plan, Richard continued, “They should spend the first six months of the year traveling the world and then go to college full time.”

The after-college plan for Venus and Serena Williams

As mentioned earlier, much of Venus and Serena’s life was already planned out by Richard. After tennis and college, the next thing Richard focused on was earning money for both. In other words, start their own business. “At 26, [they] can start building businesses.

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Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her women’s singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day 12 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Responding to their father’s expectations, the two now own several companies. While Venus has her own clothing line “Eleven by Venus”, Serena, on the other hand, has dabbled in various businesses such as venture capital, jewelry, clothing line, etc.

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Finally, talking about his wish to be a grandfather, Richard Williams mentioned his plan for the Williams sisters after the two achieved everything. Reaching the final stages of its plan, the Guardian reported it saying: ‘At 35, they could produce grandchildren, new prodigies. “When they finish their tennis career, I don’t want illiterate people chewing gum on their hands.”

Similar to these, Richard also made a number of other plans for his daughters. Not to mention that, standing against those blueprints, Venus and Serena Williams today are two of the most famous tennis players of all time. Needless to say, going one step further than their father’s plan, the two continue to perform even into their 40s.

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