The American Tennis Association is building a Tennis and Education Complex in South Florida, which will consist of offices, a museum, and a hall of fame.
The first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be Richard Williams, who is the father of Venus and Serena Williams.
Williams will be recognized for his success in coaching the two famous sisters, who have been consistently at the top of the tennis field, with Serena billed as the number one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Both are Olympians and Grand Slam champions.
ATA Education Foundation President and former President of the ATA, Dr. Franklyn Scott said of the induction:
This year we recognize ATA’s value as a historic organization, and there’s no better way of doing that than to honor a man whose legacy is built upon the propitious parenting and coaching of his two daughters, both of whom have blossomed into top-tier doyens. These successful women have traveled beyond the stars thanks to their instilled determination and training while breaking plenty of barriers along the way. It is for the significance of Richard Williams in Venus and Serena’s athletic prowess and intellectual know-how that we would like to honor him as our first Hall of Famer.