Father of Venus and Serena to Marry Woman His Daughters’ Age
Richard Williams, the father of American tennis-carrying sisters Venus and Serena Williams, has announced he will be married following the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami — to a woman the approximate age of his daughters.
The 67-year-old Williams plans to marry 30-year-old Lakeisha Graham in early April. Williams have been divorced from his former wife and the mother of Venus and Serena, Oracene, for approximately seven years.
A Page2Live website photographer ran into Williams and Graham in the parking lot of a store in West Palm, Fla., where Williams reportedly said “Here, get the first pictures of me and my new wife.”
A reporter from the website later called Williams, who hung up on him when he asked “if the sisters approved of his marrying a woman 37 years younger.”
Venus Williams will turn 29 years old in June.
Three years before the divorce from his former wife, Oracene appeared at West Palm Beach’s Columbia Hospital with three broken ribs that hospital staff suspected was the result of domestic violence, but a police investigation resulted in no charges.
Venus and Serena will emerge at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami after skipping this week’s Indian Wells event, a tournament they have missed since 2001 when their father Richard accused fans at the event of racist taunts. Neither Serena nor Venus reportedly heard such taunts, but both say they support their father’s accusation.
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