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Bred in Compton: Tennis royalty Venus, Serena Williams

Tennis royalty Venus, Serena Williams redefined the professional women’s game; father Richard Williams saw the vision to sister act's fame, riches COMPTON — A story of tennis royalty, one of the greatest stories of triumph ever to

Tennis royalty Venus, Serena Williams redefined the professional women’s game; father Richard Williams saw the vision to sister act’s fame, riches

COMPTON — A story of tennis royalty, one of the greatest stories of triumph ever to emerge from Compton started with a vision by a man named Richard Williams. A self-employed businessman who earned his keep with a small company he founded providing security services, Williams was moved by the earnings of a professional female tennis player who earned more money in one victorious match than he did in one year.

Self-taught to play tennis, Williams began teaching his two young daughters, Venus and Serena how to play tennis before their fifth birthdays. It paid off for him as the girls, beginning with Venus began to dominate amateur tennis circuits before age 10. Listen to some of the astonishing predictions Richard made about his girls when they were light years away from the universe in which they now reside.

Listen to the self-confidence Venus and Serena exuded more than 30 years ago that spawned a marvelous reality of plenteous fruit from the fertile good ground of Compton.

 

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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