Serena Williams once revealed why she didn’t despise her 80-year-old ailing father when he refused to attend her wedding: ‘Doesn’t look like himself’

American tennis legend Richard Williams, father of Serena Williams, has been a constant support to his daughter throughout her glorious tennis career. He was always there to encourage Serena during her training sessions and games. However, at a pivotal event in her life, he was not there for her daughter.

Richard was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding for health reasons. But the 23-year-old Grand Slam title winner once revealed that she didn’t hate her father for not attending her wedding.

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Serena Williams once spoke about her father’s absence during their wedding

The American tennis legend said many daughters despised their fathers for not attending their wedding. But Serena said she wasn’t one of them. Serena went on to say that her father, Richard Williams, has been going through some hardships over the past few years.

Serena Williams said, “Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn’t react that way, but I know the struggles he’s had over the past few years.”

The 23-year-old Grand Slam title winner said she fully understands her father’s struggles, which is why he didn’t attend their wedding. She said, “And if he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand that. You see, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t understand him. I don’t think many of them wanted him. I don’t think many of him could have it anyway.”

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She explained that many people could not understand her father since he is not close to anyone. Serena added, “Our family knows what we have. We just want us to be happy. That’s what counts. I don’t think anything could ever change that.”

The American tennis legend explained that the Williams family only cares about each other’s happiness. She also revealed that her father’s absence didn’t bother her during her marriage to American entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. 23-year-old Grand Slam title winner Serena has always respected her father and praised him for her success.

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer’s decision to retire took the entire sporting world by surprise. He announced his retirement with a heartfelt message on his social media accounts. Many tennis legends, including Serena Williams, paid tribute to the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

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She explained that Federer’s tennis journey is very similar to hers. The American tennis player went on to say that she always admired him for his graceful performance on the court. Williams also said that the Swiss maestro has inspired many people, including her. Her sister Venus Williams also paid tribute to the Swiss tennis legend.

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