Oracene Price: The Backbone of Serena Williams and Venus Williams

Oracene Price is an American tennis coach who gained fame as the mother of multiple Grand Slam title winners, Venus and Serena Williams. She is also known by her nickname, Brandy.

She is not only the champions’ mother but also their tennis coach. Likewise, she is also the former wife of a former American tennis coach, Richard Williams. Her poised enigmatic stare and calm temperament have been kind of her trademark in the industry.

The tennis coach is often credited with the success of her daughters and is one of the chief reasons why the siblings took up tennis in the first place.

How Old is Oracene Price?

Oracene Price was born on April 3, 1952, in Saginaw, Michigan, the U.S. So, she is 70 years old as of 2022.

Although there isn’t much information regarding Price’s parents, her father seems to have been an automotive worker from the Mississippi Delta.

Her Education

The tennis coach completed her high school studies at Buena Vista High School in 1970. Then, she attended Western Michigan University. She obtained her nursing degree from the university.

Oracene Price Didn’t Have Any Knowledge About Tennis

Oracene Price
Source: The New York Times

Before teaching tennis to her daughter, she worked as a nurse. So, she didn’t have any prior knowledge of the sport.

Oracene wasn’t a Tennis player, rather she didn’t even know most of the rules of the sport. She didn’t become a tennis coach in a “traditional manner”.

After her then-husband started coaching Venus and Serena in tennis, she taught herself to help her husband. She only taught the technical aspects of the game. Later on, she received formal training to be able to better explain the technical aspects to her daughters.

She taught herself to teach her daughters how to play, while she was working two jobs and being their mother.

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Oracene Price Was the Backbone for Her Daughter

Price has always been on the stands, supporting both Serena and Venus. Whether it’s a normal game or a Grand Slam event, the tennis star’s mother always had her poised, enigmatic stare. She always looked calm in the stand since her daughters went professional. She often wears sunglasses, and rests her head on her hand, sometimes seeming to doze off.

Although the tennis stars’ father might have had a direct influence on their game, their mother, Oracene also had a massive effect on shaping their career. To be precise, their father shaped their techniques while their mother shaped their mentality.

Even in the movie, King Richard, Oracene’s role in shaping their career has been highlighted. Furthermore, the daughters also believe their mother was the backbone and driving force behind both of them. She taught them to be strong, confident unrelentingly successful women.

Oracene Price Had Three Daughters From Her First Marriage

Before meeting the legendary coach, Price was married to a guy named Yusef Rasheed. Although she hasn’t revealed when did they start dating, when they get married and how long were they married, they seem to have been married for nearly a decade, if not more.

She had three daughters from her first marriage; Yetunde Price, Lyndrea Price, and Isha Price. Her daughter, Yetunde was a beauty salon owner and registered nurse. However, she was shot in a hate crime and passed away at the hospital. Likewise, her daughter, Lyndrea was a Web designer and Isha was a lawyer.

Her Eldest Daughter was Murdered

Serena’s and Venus’ eldest sister, Yetunde Price was killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton, CA on September 14, 2003. She was shot in the head while driving in an SUV with her boyfriend Rolland Wormley.

According to Rolland, they were just passing by and some people started shooting them. Then, he immediately drove to his mother’s house and called 911. Later, the ambulance took Yetunde to the hospital, but couldn’t make it through.

Then, after 3 years, their shooter, Robert Edward Maxfield was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter of Yetunde. However, he was released in 2019 on parole.

Oracene Price
Source: EURweb

Oracene Price was Married to Richard Williams for Two Decades

The power couple first met in 1979 when Price still worked as a waitress. They dated for some time before exchanging wedding vows in 1980.

The same year, the couple gave birth to their first daughter, Venus (born June 17, 1980). Then, the following year, they had their second daughter, Serena (born September 26, 1981).

The family used to live in Compton, California. But, they later moved to Florida where tennis icon Rick Macci offered to help coach the legendry sisters for free.

Why Did Oracene Price and Richard Williams Divorce?

The couple were married for over two decades; however, there seemed to have some problems between them. Then, by the end of 2000, Oracene decided to split from her husband and lived alone.

Finally, in 2002, the duo got a divorce, citing, irreconcilable differences. Although they had divorced each other, they didn’t let it affect their children’s life.

Oracene often coached her daughters along with her ex-husband.

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Has Oracene Price Remarried?

No, the tennis coach hasn’t remarried after her divorce from her ex-husband, Richard. Rather, she hasn’t even made any of her relationships public. Maybe she has dated a few guys, or maybe not. She hasn’t revealed any information regarding her dating life.

On the other hand, her ex-husband, Richard Williams has already remarried and also has split. After his divorce from Oracene, he met a woman named Lakeisha Juanita Graham.

Lakeisha is a grocery store owner. The couple got married in 2010. They also have a son. However, Richard’s this relationship also didn’t last long and they divorced in 2017.

Oracene Price Also is Involved in Several Charity Works

The tennis coach believes in giving back to the world. She, along with her daughter, Serena traveled to Kenya, Senegal and many other places for different kinds of charity work.

Oracene Price Net Worth

So, how rich is Serena and Venus Williams’ mother?

Although the celebrity mother hasn’t revealed her net worth and earnings, we believe it to be over $1 million. She is the coach of two of the best tennis players in the world. Furthermore, she has made a brand for her mental strengthening coaching.

Her daughters, on the other hand, are very wealthy, like most athletes are. Her eldest daughter, Venus Williams has an estimated net worth of $95 million. Similarly, her youngest daughter, Serena Williams is worth an astonishing $250 million.

Body Measurements

Oracene has an average body figure with a height of 5ft 6 inches and a weight of approximately 60 kg. She has blonde hair and black eyes.

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