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Williams says his daughters can beat anyone

Williams says his daughters can beat anyone

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After being relatively quiet for months now, Richard Williams is out there confusing things again.

In an interview with the French magazine L'Equipe on Saturday, Williams blasted the tennis world for racism, claimed no one will ever defeat his daughters all while saying he thought his daughters should take some time off from tennis.

It's a strange thing for a man to say whose daughter Serena could have won the Grand Slam last season if not for rolling an ankle right before the Australian Open. This year, a healthy Serena won the year's first Slam to become the holder of all four titles and giving her a chance to chase the Grand Slam this season. Meanwhile, older daughter Venus has reached the past four Grand Slam finals finishing as runner-up.

But in the interview Williams addressed critics who say that his daughters appearing in every final is making tennis boring.

"So women's tennis is getting boring. And you know why? Because two lovely black women dominate it.

"They're better than the white girls and that's intolerable. It's downgrading, lamentable," he said.

Williams said his daughters were the victims of racist prejudice from within the tennis world.

"They're disturbed by our being there. They've tried everything they could to tame us, to recuperate us and when they couldn't, they said I was a mad man."

Richard Williams was quoted as saying he believes racism is rife in women's tennis, and within the Women's Tennis Association.

"I asked the WTA, 'Does racism still exist with you?'," he said in the interview. "They told me no. They're taking me for an idiot."

Williams also said he will never salute the flag because of racism in America.

"It has no meaning for me," he said.

According to Williams, his daughters are talented enough to take a break from tennis and still dominate upon their return.

"I would like them to stop playing today, for Serena to study and for Venus to launch herself into business," Williams said.

The father said he is unimpressed with the level of competition on the women's circuit and in the junior ranks.

"If I was in their place, I would take a break for one or two years," Williams said. "I would do some sailing, some ice skating, and I would come back unranked, just so I could become No. 1 within five or six months."

But he also said that nothing can stop the Williams family.

"We'll always be around," he said. "There are tournaments we're going to skip but we'll play and win all the Grand Slams," he said.

"In the six or seven years to come, we won't leave anything to anybody, or only by pure chance."

He said Serena and Venus were first accused of being arrogant and were now facing more criticism and insinuations.

"Have you never heard people say: 'They're physically too strong not to have taken doping?'

"Now it's a new story. They say: 'The Williams sisters dominate tennis so much they're going to kill the show, to kill tennis.'

"And I say to all the old white guys, 'why don't you leave the stands?'," he said.

Williams added that his daughters were dominating the game because they had stolen the best shots from their rivals.

"The whites have always said that black people were robbers. My daughters are robbers. They're going to rob you of your best shot and make it our best shot.

"My daughters are the best two robbers in the world," he said.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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Argh Richard

Well I agree the sisters can beat anyone, but some of what he says? I dont get this guy, even his ex-wife says he lives in a dream world.

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Well, it's pretty clear that they can beat anybody! Saying they can never be beaten is a bit different but when did a bit of exaggeration ever hurt Richard?
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No one will ever beat them? What they are undefeated or something?

"If I was in their place, I would take a break for one or two years," Williams said. "I would do some sailing, some ice skating, and I would come back unranked, just so I could become No. 1 within five or six months."

Uh yeah. I am glad Venus or Serena don't take after their father in their interviews.

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More crap from the King of crap, I wonder if Oracene left him cuz she was racist??
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Venus and Serena have an obligation to either stand up and endorse these charges of racism or deny them. Richard says racism is directed at them. What do they say?

If they agree, they need to say so and to be specific. Give names, dates, places and specific instances of racism. If they don't agree, Venus and Serena need to have the courage to refute these insulting charges.

And guess what, saying tennis is boring right now is not racism. Almost any period of domination of any sport is considered boring by many people. Formula One wound up changing the rules this year because Michael Schumacher won everything last year and lots of people got bored. They said so, openly.

Schumacher didn't immediately whine about racism.

Right now, if there is anyone connected to tennis who is clearly a racist, it is Richard Williams himself.
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Beat anyone? From what I've heard, each of them was crushed in their last matches..

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Richard Williams is the BIGGEST RACIST in tennis. Venus & Serena are loved and admired everywhere. Also all no.1 players have been criticized, when Steffi was dominating people said it was boring, the same for Hingis or Seles. It's not something new. Richard Williams is full of racism towards white people, it's SAD. The way he talks, it makes it seem as if when he sees a white person he wants to kill them. GET A LIFE RICHARD. YOU ARE THE RACIST, NOT THE TOUR. I feel sorry for Venus & Serena because they are affected negatively with all their father's bullshit.
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Just so y'all know I'm not even reading these articles. But was wondering is he really talking all this BS lately or is it just the work of the journalists blowing things out of proportions?

Cause I mean if he is, he desperately needs some attention.
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Besides, remember, with all his eccentrics, this man is not an idiot. This man is genius. He predicted that his daughters will be #1 and #2 and will be winning everything. Everyone laughed at him back then, but he got the last laugh.

I could think that he sees what is going on, that his daughters are on the brink of losing motivation, and their opponents are good and motivated as never before. I think, ahead of many of us, he sees the distinct possiblity that the era of Williams dominance at WTA is soon to be over.And an interview like that is his reaction for that.

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Richard at his best... again
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Just for the record, I don't agree that Venus and Serena have an obligation to do anything in relation to his comments - they didn't make them so they don't have to defend or deny them.

Richard does seem to be on a roll though. My personal, completely unsubstantuated theory is that he's jealous at the amount of positive publicity the lovely Ms Price has been getting lately!
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I could think that he sees what is going on, that his daughters are on the brink of losing motivation, and their opponents are good and motivated as never before. I think, ahead of many of us, he sees the distinct possiblity that the era of Williams dominance at WTA is soon to be over.And an interview like that is his reaction for that.
Good analysis ys.
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Besides, remember, with all his eccentrics, this man is not an idiot. This man is genius. He predicted that his daughters will be #1 and #2 and will be winning everything. Everyone laughed at him back then, but he got the last laugh.

I could think that he sees what is going on, that his daughters are on the brink of losing motivation, and their opponents are good and motivated as never before. I think, ahead of many of us, he sees the distinct possiblity that the era of Williams dominance at WTA is soon to be over.And an interview like that is his reaction for that.

right and thats why every grand slam is on serena williams mantle because the domination is over? Serena and venus are young and they will be around for awhile if they want. Sure everyone is getting better but so are they. Will they win everything? Well no one wins everything so no. Steffi didn't win every slam she played and neither did monica, or mantina nav or chris everett and they faced competition that was much weaker than todays players.

richard is being richard. If you can't see through his crap mores the pity for you. He has your attention and thats just what he wants.

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