In the new documentary titled Being Serena, Serena Williams revealed that her father and longtime coach Richard Williams
decided one hour before the wedding that he wasn’t going to walk his daughter down the aisle.
“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” Serena said in the documentary via Vogue. “But then he wrote me and said: Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous.”
Instead of freaking out or turning into a bridezilla, Serena remained calm and was supportive of her father’s wishes and decision.
“Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she shared. “I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”
While Serena acknowledges that some daughters may not have reacted the same way, she knew “the struggles” her dad had faced in recent years. And although his health was better, Serena knew he still wasn’t his complete best.