Entertainment Sports 'Welcome to the Williams Show!!' How Dad Richard Williams Is Venus and Serena's Biggest Fan Before they made a movie about him, you could find the father and longtime coach to tennis stars Venus and Serena cheering for his girls in the stands throughout their careers By Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 17, 2021 09:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 12 Williams' World Al Bello /Getty It's Venus and Serena Williams' world and we're just living in it! The tennis stars' proud dad Richard held a "Welcome to the Williams Show!!" sign while cheering his daughters on at the Lipton Championships in 1999 in Key Biscayne, Florida. 02 of 12 Message Sent ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP via Getty Richard waved his sign proudly as the crowd stood up and clapped for the Williams family at the 1999 Lipton Championships. 03 of 12 Daddy's Girl ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Richard goes in to hug a delighted Venus, who had just defeated Martina Hingis of Switzerland in their semi-finals match at The Lipton Championships. 04 of 12 Dad Approved Matthew Stockman/Getty The doting dad gave two thumbs up to daughter Serena as she faced off against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during the women's singles finals at the 2008 U.S. Open. 05 of 12 Emotional Rollercoaster Julian Finney/Getty Emotions can run high when your daughter is an A-list tennis pro. Richard has never been shy about showing his feelings while supporting Serena, like in her match against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during day seven of Wimbledon in 2007. 06 of 12 Fan Love Rebecca Naden - PA Images/PA Images via Getty In addition to rooting for his girls, Richard let British fans know that he appreciated their love and support with a sign he held up during the final of the Ladies' Singles at Wimbledon years ago. 07 of 12 Daddy Cam Matthew Stockman/Getty Over the years, Richard has filmed and taken photos of his girls as they dominated on the court. Here, the proud father whipped out his glasses to take videos of Venus at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. 08 of 12 Zooming In Clive Brunskill/Getty Pulling double duties as dad and coach of daughter Venus, Richard took breaks to snap photos of his girl during day 12 of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. 09 of 12 Capturing Memories A. Messerschmidt/Getty While sitting in the stands, Richard never wanted to miss a moment. Fans could see the different cameras he brought to the games over the years, including this smaller version he used to snap photos of Serena during the 2004 U.S. Open. 10 of 12 Positive Vibes Adam Davy - PA Images via Getty It was the 2005 Wimbledon Championships when Venus and Mary Pierce faced off in the Women's Quarter Final, and you bet Richard was sending positive energy to his daughter while dressed up for the occasion in the stands. 11 of 12 Family Over Everything YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty When Venus was playing and Serena wasn't, Serena would join her dad in the stands to root for her big sis. 12 of 12 A Dad First Venus Williams, Richard Williams and Serena Williams in 2012. Julian Finney/Getty When Serena won against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day 12 of the Wimbledon Championships in 2012, she went into the stands to find her dad to celebrate.