In the most recent NYT Magazine cover story, the author writes the whole family “would go all out, Williams-family style” and describes the sacrifices Gauff’s parents made to provide their now full-blown tennis player with the best conditions possible.
“Coco’s tennis instructor agreed that she had the makings of a champion — the focus, the love of the game, the easy athleticism. ‘Let’s give it a year,’ Corey told his wife. They would go all out, Williams-family style, moving to Delray Beach, a tennis mecca where he and his wife grew up; they would pull Coco out of school and have her train with the best.
Candi, an elementary school teacher, would quit her job to support their daughter’s home-schooling, and Corey would oversee her tennis career. In 2012, when she was 8, they moved in with Candi Gauff’s parents, who were not thrilled at the extremity of their choice.
This is what we’re doing, Candi told them, and it’s not up for discussion,” Susan Dominus writes for the NYT Magazine.
King Richard is an Oscar-winning film
Will Smith’s brilliant portrayal of King Richard as the father of sisters Venus and Serena Williams earned him an Academy Award nomination in 2022.
The American actor beat out Javier Bardem (About the Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… Boom!) and Denzel Washington (Macbeth) for Best Leading Actor. Will Smith said: “Richard Williams was an ardent defender of his family.
In my life I have been called to love and protect people. I want to be an ambassador of this kind of love and care. Art imitates life and I myself. I’m acting like a crazy father just like Richard, but love makes people do crazy things. Thanks to Serena, Venus and all the Williams family for entrusting me with their story.”