Coach Macci: Serena Williams, Venus Williams never played against each other as kids

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Coach Macci: Serena Williams, Venus Williams never played against each other as kids

Coach Rick Macci claims that Richard Williams did not want Serena and Venus to play against each other as kids. Macci, whose role in the development of Serena and Venus was well-documented in King Richard, was the childhood coach of the Williams sisters.

Macci is widely praised and credited for the early development of the Williams sisters, who later went on to become all-time greats in tennis. "Growing up as kids Serena Williams never ever beat Venus Williams ever in practice.

Believe it or not they never ever played a match against each other! Richard always wanted to enjoy a peaceful dinner at home and not referee a wrestling match! Love this dad!" Macci tweeted.

Richard Williams asked Serena to play a bit more

Serena, 41, ended her pro tennis career after the US Open.

At the US Open, Serena defeated Anett Kontaveit - who at the time was the second-ranked player in the world. This past January, Richard Williams revealed that he wanted his daughter to appear in at least a couple of more tournaments.

"I wanted her to play at least a couple more tournaments. She said no, she won't do it. I asked Serena about maybe six weeks ago, two months ago, probably. But she's done a great deal, she has lots of other businesses and is very successful.

I said, 'Why don't you play?' She said, 'I could. I think I could win, but I can't do it no more. Yeah, I won't do it no more,'" Richard Williams told The U.S. Sun in January. During an appearance on CBS Mornings, Serena confirmed that her father persuaded her to play a bit more.

But after nearly three decades on the Tour, Serena wants to give herself to some other life things. "I've literally given my whole life to tennis. And it's time for me to give my life to something else," Williams said on CBS Mornings.

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