Father of Serena and Venus Williams To Be Inducted Into Tennis Hall of Fame

Richard Williams, father of tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams, will be inducted into the American Tennis Association’s new Tennis Hall of Fame for his coaching of his daughters.

The American Tennis Association (ATA), which is an organization dedicated to the African-American tennis community, is celebrating its centennial year of honoring and supporting Black tennis players.

Williams will be the first individual to be inducted into their new hall of fame. He will be recognized for his contributions to the coaching of his daughters, who achieved significant success in their tennis careers. The sisters have achieved 30 singles titles between them.

“This year we recognize ATA’s value as a historic organization, and there’s no better way of doing that than to honor a man whose legacy is built upon the propitious parenting and coaching of his two daughters, both of whom have blossomed into top-tier doyens,” says Dr. Franklyn Scott, ATA Education Foundation President.

Williams will be honored at the ATA’s Centennial Celebration Gala on August 2nd, 2017.

– Story contributed by Sydney Williams 

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