Although Venus and Serena Williams’ father raised champions, he is not a good role model for parents.

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Although Venus and Serena Williams’ father raised champions, he is not a good role model for parents.

‘King Richard’ is a biopic about tennis’ most successful pushy parent, Richard Williams, but his methods are not universally admired.

Serena and Venus Williams are without a doubt the greatest sporting siblings of all time, but it’s no coincidence that two of the most talented tennis players of the twenty-first century grew up in the same Compton bedroom.

Richard Williams, their father, plotted their path from the moment they picked up a racquet to winning Wimbledon in a 78-page document written before they were born.

Richard Williams’ legacy extends far beyond his daughters’ 30 grand slam titles, which he may not realize.

He’s written a playbook for parents who want to raise champions, but is it all that useful?

Tennis isn’t the only sport that relies on parental involvement and commitment from a young age – anyone who has a teenager who is serious about, say, swimming can attest to that – but there are probably more parental coaches in the professional game than in any other.

The Lawn Tennis Association in the United Kingdom even offers a Parent Support Program, which offers “advice and guidance to parents nurturing the next generation of players.”

In Compton, there was nothing comparable.

As the new film King Richard, starring Will Smith as the patriarch, depicts, Richard had to figure it out for himself, despite having access to a library of instructional videos, books, and cassette tapes on tennis coaching.

He cobbled together a set of values and techniques that were not always orthodox or accepted, relying as much on instinct as anything else – but his methods have reverberated throughout the game.

Is King Richard the Pushy Parent, or King of the Pushy Parents?

“I’ve had conversations with parents whose entire rationale for doing something was ‘Well, Richard Williams did it that way,'” says one top tennis coach.

Is this, however, the correct method?

Unsurprisingly, the film largely affirms this, but there is plenty for the audience to consider.

One scene stands out in particular.

The five sisters talk excitedly about Venus’s wins and play around with the trophy on the way home from her first tournament win before stopping for some.

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Although Venus and Serena Williams’ father raised champions, he is not a good role model for parents.

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Venus and Serena Williams’s father may have raised winners, but he’s no role model for parents

Read More - Featured ImageWilliams Sr is depicted as a generally positive but stubborn coach (Photo: Warner Bros/Alon Amir)

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