A blast from the past
TENNIS; Never Too Young for Tennis Millions
By ROBIN FINN,
Published: November 10, 1993
Richard Williams, although wary of the pressures it placed on his daughter, isn't ready to retract his prediction for Venus. "I think I told the truth about her; she will be great, and if we allow her to go pro at 14, I don't see her not making the top 10 or 15 a year later," said Williams.
"But I want her to wait until she's 16; I'm sick of looking around tennis and seeing these poor kids making a living for their parents, seeing these parents drive around in their Mercedes and Rolls Royces," said Williams. "To me, that's like the parents turning against the kids and prostituting them. I took my girls out of the tennis academies because I thought they looked at them as a commodity, and you know what happens when one commodity gets used up -- they throw it away and get a new one." 'Want to Use Her'
As for the agents, said Williams: "They see her as a dollar sign. We see her as a little girl. They don't want to sign Venus, they want to use her."