It was in 1991 after I went to Compton, Calif. Richard known as me. He knew I had labored with Jennifer Capriati. He instructed me I needed to return to Compton to see his women. He mentioned, “I promise you won’t get shot.”
We went to a park, and there have been folks taking part in basketball and other people handed out on the grass once we acquired out of the van.
Everybody mentioned: “Hey, Venus. Hey, Meek,” as a result of that’s what they known as Serena. Richard pulled out this outdated cart of outdated balls and mentioned he preferred utilizing outdated lifeless balls as a result of he needed the women working and digging them out of the bottom.
The primary hour was a prepare wreck, and I didn’t see something, however you don’t choose a e book by its cowl. We began taking part in aggressive factors. Me and Venus towards Serena. As soon as we began that, the footwork acquired a lot higher. There was a rage inside these two little youngsters as soon as we saved rating. They ran so quick they virtually fell down. I mentioned, “You’ve got the next female Michael Jordan,” referring to Venus, as a result of she was older and higher then. Richard mentioned, “I got the next two.”
Tennis commentator and 1977 French Open blended doubles champion
My first true recollections of Serena’s greatness are from 1999, when she performed dizzyingly good hardcourt tennis at Indian Wells, then Miami. The beads. These beads had been so rattling cool. She regarded locked in and fearless, beating Steffi Graf within the Indian Wells last and Martina Hingis in Miami. Then, she confronted Venus within the Miami last. Venus acquired that one.