Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Williams' Dad Repeats Concerns about Tour

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Williams' Dad Repeats Concerns about Tour

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One day after his daughter returned home from the U.S. Open tennis championships, Richard Williams reiterated his concerns Tuesday about the values and views on the women's tennis tour.

"I wasn't trapped," Williams said, when asked whether he had been duped into published comments last week that raised the issue of racism on the circuit. "I said exactly what I felt about it."

Williams has been an outspoken critic of the tennis establishment since his daughters, Venus and Serena, began playing in Compton, Calif., seven years ago. His mantra: sports is not the way out of the ghetto. "It's proven to be the wrong way," he said by phone from his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. "What happens to these kids when they speak, they speak terribly. When I look at young players on the tennis tour, it seems the better they are, the less education they have." Venus, the 17-year-old runner-up to Martina Hingis for the women's singles title, and Serena, 15, were back in private school Tuesday. …

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