Former World No. 1 Venus Williams says she has no plans to become a coach after retiring because she thinks she would be too impatient to be a good coach. The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams was speaking to Alize Lim on the Tennis Majors website show ‘Major Talk’ in which she spoke about whether she would like to become a coach in the future.
“I don’t think I would like that. Be there to help someone else and wait for them to get better. I am so impatient … I would be on the court watching Netflix on my phone and eating popcorn shouting: “Bend your knees!”
I would be a horrible, screaming coach. The person would lose self-confidence.”
Venus Williams on coaching
Williams says she has plenty of things lined up to do when she retires. “I want to dance, to make art, to spend time with my mother and my father.”
Speaking about the upcoming film on her father, Richard, Venus says the film reminded her how funny her father was. “It’s really a very good film, honestly. I forgot some times when my father was so funny. He said: “My daughter will still be there long after our death and I am not raising a moron!” He spoke like that to the agents, I forgot how hilarious he was.”
While sister Serena is still chasing records like the all-time Grand Slam singles record, Venus says she does not harbour ambitions to be remembered as the best. “I do not want to be remembered as the best. I’m not always trying to find out if I’m the best or if I’m dominating, it’s just a detail.
I know, it sounds strange, but I never really wanted to dominate. It’s my vision and that’s why I don’t worry. I never thought it would be serious if I couldn’t be the best. Honestly, I think she (Serena) feels the same.
Because when you have bigger goals than being the best, you see things differently. It’s just your job.” Venus Williams has been No. 1 for a total of 11 weeks in singles. She was the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all time since Althea Gibson.
Besides her seven Grand Slam singles titles, she has also won 14 Grand Slam Women’s doubles titles, all with sister Serena Williams and has won two Mixed Doubles titles.