Raising Tennis Aces - The Williams Story
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The story is one that's not often told in perspective, and is really pretty interesting. Father Richard Williams had a rough life. He grew up poor (in rural Louisiana), with his absent father living down the street and providing nothing. He watched one childhood friend get run down by a white woman in a car, apparently intentionally. (Williams shows us the tree he planted at the time, in his friend's honor, now a large flowering tree). He had a nail driven into his leg because he wouldn't call a white man "sir" on a golf course. He had nothing. He moved to Compton, worked menial jobs, eventually worked his way to having his own security company. He had the idea to train future children to play tennis, because there was money in it. He subsequently trained Venus and Serena, unconventionally, while raising them (with his wife) to reflect what he describes as values that were strong in past eras - including love of family and poise under stressful circumstance. You can see where his goals in raising them mirror the same goals most of us have in raising children - for them to be happy AND to understand how to take responsibility for their own lives.
Not everything possible is here - Oracene/Brandy (the mother) isn't featured at all, and there are a few hard question that could be asked that aren't. But what is here is interesting and inspirational. The DVD has a nice set of extra interviews and extra footage.
I'M really inspired and I salute Mr Richard Williams for the values He instilled in his children to not let anybody sidetrack their focus on their goals and also He taught me of the importance of family support.
Mr. Williams' upbringing in the deep south embedded a philosophy of family devotion, pride, respect of ones' self, hard work, perserverance, resourcefulness, strength, power and faith that he obviously instilled into Venus and Serena.
This film shows that is takes more than just physical strength to overcome your opponent; whether it be on a tennis court or off. I admire what Mr. Williams did with these two great athletes. Everything they have, they can outrightly claim they earned. You don't have to have country club money to be a winner. But possessing the internal workings of a mind that is set, focused, dedicated and ready to withstand all of the stumbling blocks that can be thrown in ones' path is found in this story.
It is a great documentary, and the viewer is priviliged to be invited into the Williams' world.
treat to recall the good old days when these two wonderful women won everything in sight!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our family watched this DVD and I can appreciate all the changes that Richard Williams went through to get his daughters started in Tennis. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Labell
The actual story of the William Sister is awesome, However the tape quality was awful. I thought I bought a bootleg.Published on October 25, 2013 by ollie washington
This movie was very entertaining and fun the Williams sister's are so talented they have a clothing line they model and Serena is a actrees too.Published on October 12, 2013 by Lisa M. Dunn