Williams at the 2007 Acura Classic
|Full name||Richard Dove Williams Jr.|
|Born||February 14, 1942|
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
|Coachee Singles Titles total||45(V)-64(S) (109 titles)|
|Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total||21(S-V)-2(V)-5(S) (28 titles)|
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Williams was one of five children and the only son of Julia Mae Metcalf (died 1985) and Richard Dove Williams, Sr. of Shreveport, Louisiana. His younger sisters are Pat, Barbara, Penny, and Faye. For a time, the family resided on East 79th Street near railroad tracks.
He took tennis lessons from a man known as "Old Whiskey" and decided his future daughters would be tennis professionals when he saw Virginia Ruzici playing on television. Williams says that he wrote up a 78-page plan, and started giving lessons to Venus and Serena when they were four and a half, and began taking them to the public tennis courts. (He now says he feels like he took them too early, and six is a better age.) Soon he got them into Shreveport tennis tournaments. In 1995, Williams pulled them out of a tennis academy, and coached them himself.
Serena won the US Open in 1999; Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title. After that victory, Richard shouted "Straight Outta Compton!" (in reference to a song by N.W.A based in Compton, the same area in Los Angeles where the family once resided). He jumped over the NBC broadcasting booth, catching Chris Evert by surprise and performing a triumphant dance. Evert said that the broadcasters "thought the roof was coming down".
Williams has been married multiple times. After he moved to California, he met Betty Johnson. They married in 1965 and had six children (three sons and at least two daughters) before divorcing in 1973.
In 1979, he met Oracene "Brandy" Price who had three daughters by her deceased husband. They married in 1980. Williams and Price had two biological daughters, Venus (born June 17, 1980) and Serena (born September 26, 1981). The family resided in Compton, California. Richard and Oracene divorced in 2002.
Later in his daughters' careers, he took a less visible role, turning to other interests such as photography. He raised public interest again after his divorce from Oracene Price and appearances with new girlfriend Lakeisha Juanita Graham who was a grocery store owner and is a year older than Venus. Richard and Lakeisha were married in 2010 and divorced in 2017. Their son Dylan was born in 2012.
In July 2016, Williams suffered a stroke prior to his daughters' wins at Wimbledon. Lakeisha Williams, his wife at the time, stated that his condition was fair. He subsequently suffered additional strokes.