Venus and Serena Williams No Longer Support Documentary

The tennis stars feel their dad is cast in a negative light.

Posted: 09/18/2012 12:31 PM EDT
Venus Williams, Serena Williams

Although they were initially on board with the project, Venus and Serena Williams have decided to pull their support from a film documenting the tennis stars' rise to the top. Filmmakers Maiken Baird and Michelle Major premiered their documentary Venus and Serena at the Toronto Film Festival last Tuesday, but the sisters changed their mind after seeing the final product.

Baird and Major began following the Williams sisters around the world in January 2011 through tournaments and gave a look into their typically private lives, but then turned the sisters off when they saw that their father was ultimately portrayed in a negative light. The film goes into Richard Williams' control over his daughters' success as well as the children he's had out of wedlock. Venus discussed what changes needed to be made to the documentary, but in the end it still wasn't enough. 

"It's disappointing to us," Major said. "We have a lot of respect for them and think their story is very inspiring."


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