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Raising Tennis Aces - The Williams Story
Raising Tennis Aces - The Williams Story
Actors: Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Richard Williams
Genres: Sports, Documentary
NR     2003     0hr 54min

The lives and careers of the tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams are documented, with special attention paid to the training techniques of their father Richard Williams.


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Actors: Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Richard Williams
Genres: Sports, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Sports, Biography
Studio: Xenon
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 03/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A look "behind the scenes" and behind the hype, at the Williams family. The story is augmented by footage of a training session at their compound, and old home movie footage of Venus and Serena.The story is one that's not often told in perspective, and is really pretty interesting. Father Richard Williams had a rough life. He grew up poor (in rural Louisiana), with his absent father living down the street and providing nothing. He watched one childhood friend get run down by a white woman in a car, apparently intentionally. (Williams shows us the tree he planted at the time, in his friend's honor, now a large flowering tree). He had a nail driven into his leg because he wouldn't call a white man "sir" on a golf course. He had nothing. He moved to Compton, worked menial jobs, eventually worked his way to having his own security company. He had the idea to train future children to play tennis, because there was money in it. He subsequently trained Venus and Serena, unconventionally, while raising them (with his wife) to reflect what he describes as values that were strong in past eras - including love of family and poise under stressful circumstance. You can see where his goals in raising them mirror the same goals most of us have in raising children - for them to be happy AND to understand how to take responsibility for their own lives. Not everything possible is here - Oracene/Brandy (the mother) isn't featured at all, and there are a few hard question that could be asked that aren't. But what is here is interesting and inspirational. The DVD has a nice set of extra interviews and extra footage."
dotty | johannesburg-South Africa | 05/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i treasure this dvd because it demonsrates that with a goal in mind-belief in one's can do attitude,regardless of the ridicule and negative attitudes of others- anyone has the ability to reach for the stars.
I'M really inspired and I salute Mr Richard Williams for the values He instilled in his children to not let anybody sidetrack their focus on their goals and also He taught me of the importance of family support.
The Best success formula I've ever seen!!!
Eddie | Ft Drum, NY | 07/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I studied many success stories of many greats past & present. By far Richard and the producers of this dvd have done a great job. The documenting of the Williams sisters was warm, entertaining, as well as educationally informative. With heart, dedication, the right amount of effort (work) and determination any thing is possible. What I loved the most was Richard's "no pressure" approach to training the sisters in a tight-knit family. I just couldn't believe I knew so little about the Williams family story."