Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: The Netherlands
Re: Favourite Tennis Parent?
Back in the days when Venus & Serena were just good prospects I used to think Richard Williams was a bit creepy. But now that time has gone by I realize he's just a regular, excentric guy. AndI love how outspoken he is.
In my opinion, though, a good tennis parent is the one that keeps distance from his/her child. I've seen so many creepy people who are just living the success they didn't achieve through their sons/daughters, and way too many cases of parental abuse to think it's a good idea to mix the parent/coach status.
I remember my tennis coach back when I was 14, 15. She told me that her mother used to beat her up every time she lost, and how once she had to ask the umpire to kick her off the court, since she was "helping" her by doing the exact movement she was supposed to do, on the opposite side of the court, behind her rival.