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Richard Williams On Jennifer Capriati Remarks

"She was going to lose anyway, so she should have just come and watched so she could have figured out how to play Venus and Serena instead of looking at the computer game."

"I told her, `You don't want to get into a hitting battle with Sharapova, because it would be uneven for Sharapova, because Sharapova only has one good side and that's her backhand,"'. "`You don't want to get into that for the simple reason you would win. So try to hit some balls to her strong side, to her backhand, and that would help you with your match for tomorrow

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What did Jenn say and what computer game?? Im getting confused !

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According to John Wertheim or as some of you like to call him John Werthless in his article today.

[Asked about Capriati's assertion, Oracene Williams shook her head. "Wishful thinking," she called it. As usual, she was dead on.]
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I'm just wonderring why this man cannot keep his mouth shut, not making a full of himself??? Doesn't he understand that he embarres his daughters making his useless comments about girls of his daughters age?
My God, old man with such a big mouth!!!

The loser is the one who failed to understand that it needs to stand up as many times as has fall not once less...
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I have a great respect to the sisters' mother who manage somehow to bear this poor mentally handycapped man...

The loser is the one who failed to understand that it needs to stand up as many times as has fall not once less...
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Here's the entire article from USA Today


Williams: Daughters' success 'American dream'

By Andrea Leand, special to USA TODAY

Richard Williams' prediction that his daughters, Venus and Serena, would one day dominate tennis came to fruition last week at the French Open. The sisters' surge to the Grand Slam final guaranteed Venus and Serena the respective No. 1 and 2 rankings, not to mention a combined sixth Grand Slam singles title.

There were no post-match victory dances or dramatics from the proud father at this Grand Slam. Williams skipped the trip to Paris to pursue his latest venture in the USA. News of Serena's French Open triumph came via a cell phone as he drove down a Florida highway after promoting his new sports drink, Smash.

The historic moment, marking the first time two siblings have reached the French Open final and held the top two spots, left him satisfied if not surprised and distressed by remarks from Jennifer Capriati.

"They (Venus and Serena) finally caught up with my prediction," Williams said moments after Serena edged Venus 7-5, 6-3 for her second Grand Slam title.

"This is the American dream come true. This is a dream that started in 1978. It's the most satisfying day of my life. This shows that it doesn't matter where you start, you can achieve anything."

In becoming students of the game, both sisters made significant changes in their tournament scheduling and training regimen in the last year. Newly hired trainer Kerri Brooks enforced more structured fitness and diet programs. Curbing extracurricular activities, including schooling at the Fashion Institute in Fort Lauderdale, allowed them to gain more match play, court sense and confidence.

"Venus and Serena didn't just get here. They had to work extremely hard," Williams said. "They were willing to listen, listen to me very well. It wasn't fair to compare them years ago when (Martina) Hingis had 54 matches and they only had 19."

Capriati, who dropped from No. 1 to No. 3, suggested that the Williams' recent rise resulted from the absences of injured stars Lindsay Davenport and Hingis. Capriati also asserted that the Williams' relatively separate tournament schedules preventing them from facing each other too often helped them climb the rankings.

"There's a lot of things that have happened that kind of made them in this position," Capriati said after losing to Serena in the French Open semifinal. "You know, they were pretty good with planning things. One plays; one doesn't. But mostly it's just because not everyone is in the game. I mean, it would be nice to see people coming back and really see what happens then."

Venus and Serena refused to respond, pointing to their winning records against Davenport, Hingis and Capriati in the last two years. Capriati's assertion also overlooked the fact that her jump to No. 1 occurred during Venus' injury layoff last fall and Davenport's surgery at this year's onset.

"Jennifer is always making excuses," Richard Williams said. "Venus and Serena have beaten all of them, Jennifer, Lindsay and Martina. But Jennifer gets angry when she's losing and says these bad things.

"(Capriati) should have come to the French Open as a spectator this year. She was going to lose anyway, so she should have just come and watched, so she could have figured out how to play Venus and Serena instead of looking at the computer game. No one has to destroy Jennifer because she is destroying herself. Until she takes responsibility for herself, she is always going to have problems."

The sparring for No. 1 should intensify at Wimbledon, where Davenport will return from her injury layoff. Venus will face the pressure to defend her title as Capriati did at the French Open. Williams does not believe the heightened expectations and competition will faze his daughters.

"There is no one who is going to catch up to Venus and Serena right now," Williams said. "No one has both the mental and physical games to do it. Lindsay has the power but does not have the speed. Hingis does not have the strength and power. And Jennifer is a fierce competitor but gets nervous when it comes to playing the Williams girls. She can't stay out there with them.

"The only ones going to beat Venus and Serena are the next two I coach. I'm looking for them now. The WTA (Tour) probably won't even let them onto the tour."
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FP - HE looks like a genius right now. The players HE coached and trained against all tennis convention are#1 and #2. YOUR comments read like those of a 'poor mentally handycapped ... fool'.

You're looking at the best job of coaching, developing and training players in the history of the sport. From someone who learned how from reading book!

You may not like him, but your inability to acknowledge his accomplishments leaves you with no credibility at all.

If this guy is 'mentally handicapped', Mike Sell is too stupid to breathe, and Melanie Molitor has the IQ of a lichen.

Get a grip.

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Hehe, I love the way that the article pointed out that Capriati failed to mention that two top players were also injured when she became numero uno. One of which she's never defeated. BTW, I'm glad that there's a RICHARD in their family. He's not afraid to call it like he sees it. I haven't always agreed with Richard, but on this matter, I'm backing him 110%.

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Richard is not embarrassing his daughters. Sometimes, somebody has to tell tell it as it is. I am yet to read articles from the same writers that would have crucified V & S, had they said such a thing criticising Capriati. Richard is still that voice that says things the tennis establishment would like to sweep under the rug.
We could debate, if it is better to take the high road or to take the confrontational way he usually takes. But as i say, that is debatable.
The one thing that is clear is this:'mentally handicapped' he is NOT! He is a genius and that is what pisses people off the most about him.

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I like Brandi's comment. She has a beautiful attitude even applauding Seles after Venus lost to her and she always has a smile on her face.
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The man is obviously very smart...but he's attitude has been of an arrogant man many times.
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Don't u think Volcana that the girls' mother deserves far more credit for rising and coaching these girls than him and yet still she manage to be classy somehow and not to be involved in arguments of children...

The loser is the one who failed to understand that it needs to stand up as many times as has fall not once less...
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I dun know if Richard Williams really said all that esp. the part abt "There is no one who is going to catch up to Venus and Serena right now,"...
It reminds me of how Hingis' mother Melanie once said no one can match Hingis' game except Lindsay... and look what happened to Hingis now... so many players are beating her consistently...

Pride does come before a fall... ... ...

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You are wrong. Don't compare Richard's comments with Melanie's.
They are totally different. When Melanie made that statement,
Martina herself was giving her mother the courage to say that.
When she said, she doesn't see a williams becoming a world
number one until she retires, then what you expect of a proud
mother like melanie to say. In this case Venus and Serena didn't
say anything at all. And if fact it is Capriati who provoked these
harsh words from Mr. Richard Williams.
What the hell she cited Martina and Davenport not on the tour.....
they are good at planning their 1 and 2 ranking thing whereas
she could have prevented that had she beaten Serena in the
I don't how many times you people will discuss this topic. We
discussed this the whole of yesterday. Here again someone
extracted few lines from the whole thing and make a new topic.
I think you all the anti-williams want to drag this thing on while
Capriati herself doesn't have time to even read a bit of what
Richard has or might have said.
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Why can't all the players be class acts like Monica? With everything she's been through, Monica has the right to complain more then all players combined about the "unfair" things. But yet she always gives credits to her opponents and has nice things to say to everybody else no matter what the circumstances are. Heck even if she's injured or is making a comeback or is losing her father to cancer or whatever, she still gives credit to her opponents.
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