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Smile Richard Williams Wonders Why The US Fans Neva Root For His Daughters?

I'll say! It does make one think.





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Thursday, September 5
Richard Williams worries
about his daughter's safety
By Adrian Wojnarowski
Special to ESPN.com


NEW YORK -- Serena Williams was forever the care-free baby sister, covering baseline to baseline on the cracked courts of Compton, Calif., banging those buckets of balls bought at Paramount Sports in Hollywood on the deflated discount of 10 cents a pop. The crackle of gunfire sometimes served as the change-over music for Serena and Venus, the residuals of the against all odds Richard Williams Tennis Academy.


Richard Williams isn't always able to attend his daughters' tournaments.


All these years later, all this history harnessed, here was Richard --- the mastermind of today's most spectacular story, the Williams sisters --- chain smoking outside Arthur Ashe Stadium and hoping hard that a German stalker wouldn't do to his youngest daughter as an adult what a gangland upbringing couldn't as a kid: Turn her easy disposition and devastating game into a frightened, fearful existence.

"You have to wonder if this guy keeps running around, keeps disturbing her, if it's going to affect Serena in the future," Richard Williams said. "...Eventually, I worry it can."

Albrecht Stromeyer, the 34-year-old son of a German banker, has chased Serena Williams from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Wimbledon to the U.S. Open. So far, Stromeyer seems unwilling to stop. He could be spending the rest of this Grand Slam as a guest of the state of New York at Rikers Island, his bail of $3,000 useless under INS detainment. For now, the sharp eyes of the NYPD lets the Williamses play in peace on a march to perhaps a fourth family final out of the past five Grand Slam tournaments.

"For the NYPD to spot one guy with the crowd that they have here -- no matter how much you looked at (Stromeyer's) picture --- is just unreal," Richard said. "I don't think there's anything like the NYPD."

Trouble is, the NYPD won't be working the grounds every stop on tour for the Williams. This time, they got him. Next time, who knows? Security is at a fever pitch in New York, but this isn't true across the nation and globe and no one can be certain the lengths Stromeyer is willing to take his obsession. After starting to strip his clothes in that Arizona hotel lobby where Serena was staying, his state of mind is anyone's guess. She has a full-time security man walking step for step with her at the National Tennis Center, climbing out of the car with her and clinging uncomfortably close in the corridors of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Stromeyer is behind bars, but it sure looks like Serena is the one imprisoned.

Even so, Richard confessed: "Serena is too young to understand the nature of this issue. ... At 20 years old, Serena doesn't really understand the full danger of what could happen."

This was a big joke to a couple of clown hosts on a national radio show the other night, pitifully praising the stalker for his resourcefulness finding his way over and over into her midst. Maybe she's inviting it with the way she dresses, these embarrassments declared, cackling and cackling like Beavis and Butthead. They couldn't possibly have daughters, but understand: It shouldn't take just a father to appreciate the worst nightmares of Richard Williams. Of course, he is forever depicted as the blueprint for the crazy tennis father and it just isn't true. Yes, he can be a strange, strange character, but the proof of his parenting skills belongs to the well-rounded, intelligent daughters, Serena and Venus, holding tight to No. 1 and No. 2 in the world. Easing back on his eccentric -- even bizarre -- antics courtside has undoubtedly been a comfort for his daughters, who most always say and do the right thing under the most intense global glare.

Nevertheless, they owe him for never committing the far graver sins of fathers throughout the tour. Richard nurtured and protected his daughters as teen tennis sensations, when Stefano Capriati fed Jennifer into the tour machine at 14, almost assuring her eventual spiral into the abyss. Stefano was just the most famous in a long line of pushy fathers that did far more harm than good to childhoods and tennis careers. Remember, Richard was actually criticized for holding Venus and Serena to limited tour stops once they turned pro, tennis people insisting he was stifling the promise of these prodigies.

Whatever happens the rest of the way in the Open, a Williams won't hear the loudest cheers for a Williams until they're playing in the finals. There is a long list of possibilities about why the father sits in the stands on tour, listening to people root for his daughters to lose. America loves the underdog, Richard said, a sentiment that makes complete sense. Yes, people rooted for Pete Sampras to lose, too.

"But my problem is that when Venus and Serena are playing a lot of the foreigners, (American fans) still don't root for my girls," he said. "How can you not root for two American citizens? Why not?

"Of course, when they were ranked 300 in the world, nobody was pulling for them either."

Maybe it's a little of No. 1 and No. 2, a little of the old man, a little of race. Whatever the reasons, this is just one reality Richard can't control now. Nevertheless, he is watching his youngest daughter's back these days, understanding the German stalker will soon be set free and the NYPD won't stay with his family on tour. These days, he doesn't travel to every tournament, but now? Well, he isn't so sure what to do.

Outside of his middle daughter, he had been waiting for someone to disrupt his youngest girl's relentless run into history's arms. Not like this, though. Not like this nightmare. Once again, the greatest threat to his family lurks beyond the lines, beyond reason. This is the most frustrating part, too: Richard Williams was so sure he had left these fears behind on the cracked courts of Compton. The father was so damn sure.

Adrian Wojnarowski is a columnist for The Record (N.J.) and a regular contributor to ESPN.com.


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Gos he does sound scared about the whole stalking incident.I just hope nothing bad happens to Serena like April 30th,1993 if it does i will be both extremely angry and sad.

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This topic was covered quite extensively in a previous thread.
Some Americans just find Roddick to be more American than either VENUS or SERENA WILLIAMS.

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Great article, GogoGirl. Keep them coming.

At Wimbledon, we all saw the 6'7" World Boxing Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis next to Serena during a match or two. Now, that's what I call protection! I suppose he's too expensive to be a full-time bodyguard, but his presence now and then could help keep off any prospective stalkers.

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the TRUTH is many tennis fans DONT like them
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The TRUTH is that we KNOW why many fans do not like V & S.

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Take your head out your ass and think...

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Smile Pops is a Protective Type Father

Mr. Williams knows the answer to his question. He is just pointing out to all the nosy media types that love to point a mike in his face - that he is aware of more than they think he is - and that he gets it just fine. He doesn't think it's fair - but he got it.





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TENNIS: Real sibling rivalry born
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This time, the No-Doz will stay in the cabinet. This time, those viewing Williams vs. Williams during the finals of a Grand Slam tennis event won't yawn between glances at their watches. This time, you'll lack the desire to fluff up the nearest pillow around the middle of the first set.

This time, when Serena and Venus meet at center court on Saturday at the U.S. Open, you'll see a rarity involving these sisters.

You'll see drama.

If nothing else, you'll see the best competition that possibly can occur between siblings who love each other so much that they can't stand playing each other in public. This is provided that neither Serena nor Venus loses in the semifinals along the way to a fourth all-Williams final at a Grand Slam tournament in the last 12 months.

Those other Williams vs. Williams matchups were snoozers for good reason. And, no, this isn't about the rumors of Richard Williams working in the shadows to arrange which of his daughters would win a match. It's about this: Athletic competition involves the mental as well as the physical. Such is especially true at the pro level, where the difference between Serena and Venus goes beyond Serena's desire to wear cat suits.

Let's play Dr. Phil for a moment. Venus is older and taller than her sister. That gives Venus an advantage over the emotionally charged Serena, and such an advantage ranges from better court coverage to a stronger mental state. As a result, Venus has tried to operate as the definitive big sister. This isn't to say Venus has let Serena win matches --- you know, with a nudge from their father. This is to say Venus has carried that "big sister" thing in her subconscious while thinking of Serena's psyche. It's difficult to deliver zooms from your legendary serve when your heart is wrapped around your racket.

So, if you're Venus, and you're ranked No. 1 in the world, you don't care when Serena grabs a little of your spotlight by taking the French Open. That happened in June. Then came Wimbledon, where Serena romped past Venus in the finals. Venus smiled and shrugged before the cameras. After all, Venus had been there and done that. Plus, the Wimbledon title stayed in the family.

There is a problem for Venus, though: Given those consecutive losses to Serena in Grand Slam events, Venus isn't No. 1 anymore. The honor belongs to Serena, and this is the best thing that could happen to Venus in particular and tennis in general. We're back as Dr. Phil. Just like that, Serena's dominance over Venus this year has removed those mental chains from Venus regarding Serena. They've both won multiple Grand Slam events, and they've both reached the top of the rankings. Now Venus can grit her teeth and treat Serena as a friendlier Martina Hingis, the notorious Williams sisters basher.

What also will help Williams vs. Williams become memorable is Venus' struggles during this year's U.S. Open. In contrast, Serena has powered her way into today's semifinals. Big sisters never wish to become less than their little sisters on a consistent basis.

That said, Williams vs. Williams never will rival John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors or any of those other celebrated rivalries in tennis history. We're still talking about siblings here. Even McEnroe admits that his ruthlessness left when he was forced to compete against his brother, Patrick.

All we want during a Williams vs. Williams matchup is to keep our eyelids open. Such a time is probably two days away.

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I'm tired of all of this round assing and goldbricking. It's time for Richard to hire a couple of crips to put a good old fashioned Compton beat down on this son of a bitch who is stalking Serena.
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I'm tired of all of this round assing and goldbricking. It's time for Richard to hire a couple of crips to put a good old fashioned Compton beat down on this son of a bitch who is stalking Serena.
or just kidnap the bastard and dropp him off in Harlem and with a sign on his back. That would take care of his ass. Fuckit, just drop him off at my house...

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Actually since he's already in Rikers why not just introduce him to Bubba in the cell next door.

Bubba can teach him the finer points of the "wifely duties" in Riker's "domestic bliss" program.

If your fave's coach isn't Richard Williams, that's just her first problem...

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Cmon we all know why the American crowd loves Andy and Andre they are GREAT!!!!

Venus is fantastic and serena is too, but they are dominating the game and everyone loves the under dog. hence the crowd cheering for the opposition.

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