Serena Williams: My dad was and still is way before his time

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams insists her father Richard has always been “way before his time.” 

Richard had a clear vision for Serena and Venus as both of his daughters went on to become great champions. 

“My dad was and still is way before his time,” Serena told GQ’s Wesley Lowery.

“You see, when someone is different – when they don’t act or look how a person assumed they would – the first reaction is often fear.

“They think, How do we break them? My dad anticipated that, but he would not allow himself or his family to be broken.”

Williams labeled as the GOAT by coach Patrick Mouratoglu 

Williams has 23 Majors in her collection — one less than Margaret Court. 

“Margaret Court was playing at a time when three quarters weren’t even going to Australia, where tennis was an amateur sport, when draws were of 16 players,” Mouratoglou said. “I don’t mean to disrespect Margaret Court, but it’s another era. Yes, it would be better if Serena broke her record but, if she doesn’t, she will still be the greatest player of all time.” 

Williams hasn’t played since Wimbledon due to a torn hamstring. 

Mouratoglou is confident that 40-year-old Williams still has the game. 

“Tennis? Serena still has it. The question is how much does she want it and what is she willing to do to get there? Since she has had her daughter, it is more difficult. She has a lot of trouble not putting her life as a mother before her life as a player, which is completely understandable. I think that’s the main reason she didn’t win a Grand Slam. Her family comes first and in order to do great things in one area, that area cannot come second. She is pondering and we will see what will come of it,” Mouratoglou said.