Re: Richard Williams collapsed in court!
UPDATED: 11:34 a.m. November 30, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH — Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, collapsed in a Palm Beach County courtroom this morning and was taken to the hospital. He had not been in court on Wednesday.
His lawyers said he had experienced flu-like symptoms and was at his doctor's office. He is 64 years old.
His daughters, Venus and Serena, were at an exhibition match in Denver and were not in the courtroom when their father became ill.
The family has spent most of the last three weeks in court defending themselves in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract suit. The trial is continuing.
Would-be promoters Carol Clarke and Keith Rhodes are suing them for as much as $9 million, claiming they reneged on a planned 2001 battle-of-the-sexes tournament that would have pitted Venus and Serena against two male players, possibly John and Patrick McEnroe